Major League Baseball's ultimate parade route is still to be determined, based on more than four more months of serious baseball. But the other parade route, one that will feature the Commissioner's Trophy, is now set and coming to Florida for the first time.
Grand marshals Jeff Conine and Tony Perez will lead the MLB All-Star teams through the streets of Miami in slow-moving red, white and blue Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado vehicles on the afternoon of July 11 as part of the 13th annual MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet.
The event, which is free for fans, will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET. The route starts on Biscayne Boulevard just north of Chopin Plaza and will travel north along Biscayne Boulevard, ending near NE 8th Street. MLB.com and MLB Network will air the show later that day, at 3 p.m. ET. Upon completion of the parade, players will board buses to Marlins Park for that evening's 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.
"The parade is actually really cool," said D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who is likely to take his fifth consecutive Red Carpet ride. "Going into it you think it's going to be weird, I guess, because people are just like cheering for you, and you just sit there. But to just see how excited people get when you drive by is fun. Now having my son and family there, to get him to do it with me, and take pictures, it's really cool for people to experience it."
Marlins legends Conine and Perez will lead the parade in a pair of Corvettes. All-Star managers Joe Maddon (National League) and Terry Francona (American League) will lead their teams through the streets in Camaro convertibles. The players will be travel on a 100-percent polypropylene carpet that will be recycled after its use.
As part of the parade celebration, spectators can catch a glimpse of the Commissioner's Trophy, which is presented each year to the World Series champion. Merchandise giveaways also will take place while MLB club mascots join the parade route and interact with fans along the way. Players and their families board the vehicles in the same staging location, and this is a way for all fans to have an up-close experience with the evening's star attractions.
This annual dream drive began appropriately enough in the Motor City, crossed the Clemente Bridge outside Pittsburgh's PNC Park, tested the streets of San Francisco, displaced New York taxis twice, careened alongside the Arch, visited Disneyland, scorched the hot streets of Phoenix and Kansas City, took over a Minnesota transit mall, hugged the Ohio River in Cincinnati and scooted through San Diego last summer.
Now it's all Miami's.
Parking downtown for the parade will be extremely limited. Fans are strongly encouraged to utilize public transportation.
"It's nice to be in a parade," said Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who has now experienced both kinds -- this one for an individual honor, and one last autumn after the Cubs' World Series victory.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.