Clean-up begins after Miami Heat Parade of Champions

Heat celebrate 2013 NBA Championship with parade through downtown

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MIAMI - Each blast of confetti cannons during the Miami Heat's 2013 NBA Championship parade brought more clean up Monday.

In the aftermath of the parade, a swirling blizzard of confetti and a blanket of bottles and cans were left in the crowds wake.

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Crews cleared tons of debris from the streets of downtown Miami, and they began as soon as the parade ended.

"Oh my God, it is a wonderful mess," said Yolanda Pierre, who loved the parade.

Cleaning up after 400,000 people isn't easy, so it had to be choreographed. The street crews tried to push everything to the middle of Biscayne Boulevard, and then brought out the street-swiping machines.

"We use the water to keep the confetti down so that it doesn't move all over the place," said Ricardo Musler, who helped clean up after the parade. "So when the sweeper comes, we clean everything up."

Crews also needed to take down about 2,500 interlocking steel barricades that were set up along the parade route.

But just like the Miami Heat, these men and women take the challenge and get the job done.

"I don't mind cleaning it up. That's my job," he said.  "And the Heat -- go Heat."

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