Following a thrilling night of mammoth home runs that culminated in Yankees slugger Aaron Judge taking home the T-Mobile Home Run Derby title on Monday, the main event -- tonight's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard -- will be preceded by the 13th annual MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented
Following a thrilling night of mammoth home runs that culminated in Yankees slugger Aaron Judge taking home the T-Mobile Home Run Derby title on Monday, the main event -- tonight's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard -- will be preceded by the 13th annual MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet.
The parade of All-Stars along the streets of Miami will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET, and is free for fans. The parade route begins on Biscayne Boulevard just north of Chopin Plaza and will travel north along Biscayne Boulevard, ending near NE 8th Street.
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MLB.com and MLB Network will air the show 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.
Former Marlins All-Star Jeff Conine, who played for the club from its inception in 1993 to 1997, and again from 2003-05, along with Hall of Famer Tony Perez, who is now a special assistant to Marlins president David Samson, will serve as grand marshals for the parade. They will lead each All-Star team through the streets of Miami, with the players traveling in red, white and blue Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado vehicles.
Conine and Perez will lead the way in a pair of Corvettes, with National League manager Joe Maddon of the Cubs and American League manager Brad Mills -- the Indians bench coach is taking the place of Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who recently underwent a heart procedure -- leading each team in Camaro convertibles.
During the parade, fans in attendance will be able to see the Commissioner's Trophy, presented each year to the World Series champion. There will also be merchandise giveaways and the chance to interact with club mascots, who will also join the parade route. The players and their families will board their vehicles in the same central staging area, enabling all fans to have an up-close experience with the All-Stars.
The parade celebration began back in 2005 prior to the 76th MLB All-Star Game in Detroit. It has since traveled through Pittsburgh, San Francisco, New York twice, St. Louis, Anaheim, Phoenix, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Cincinnati and San Diego.
Parking downtown for the parade will be extremely limited. Fans are strongly encouraged to utilize public transportation.
"The parade is actually really cool," said D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who will be in the parade for the fifth consecutive year. "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."
The parade will be a can't-miss event for fans in Miami, as tonight's Midsummer Classic will be the first-ever held in the Sunshine State. With the Marlins having won two World Series championships (1997 and 2003), and building a new stadium that opened in 2012, hosting the All-Star Game completes a triumvirate of civic baseball pride.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.