Led by the newest Parkway politician, , the Parkway Little League Parade celebrated the league's 60th anniversary on a beautiful Saturday.
One by one, teams marched down from Roslindale's Fallon Field down Centre Street as the The New Liberty Jazz Band followed. Little Cardinals, Dodgers, Orioles and the beloved Red Sox, sponsored by local entities cheered, smiled, and laughed their way to Baker Street.
Parents, grandparents, siblings and more snapped photos, honked horns and cheered for their favorite Parkway Little Leaguers.
At the Guy Cammarata Complex on Baker Street, League President Joe Castellano announced a new Bunker Field would be created at the complex within the next two years. He added engraved bricks will be sold to recognize donors for the walkway and new field.
Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino was onhand with Wally the Green Monster. He said he's been to a lot of Little League opening days, adding, "But this is exceptional." He added the Red Sox would will make a donation to fund the new field, too, which broughts cheers from all the teams and coaches lining the begining of the outfield grass.
This year's parade also recognized veterans, state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, recognized the state Sen. Mike Rush, D-West Roxbury, a lieutenant in the US Naval Reserves, who served eight months in Iraq, as well as fellow West Roxbury resident Master Sgt. Daniel McMorrow of the US Marine Corps and Boston Police Department, who were by Gormley's side in the parade. Gormley is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, was a Lance Corporal in the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam.
Lucchino and Rush threw out the ceremonial first pitches to two Cardinals and then it was onto the first games of the season.
Come back later on today for another photo gallery of the 2012 Parkway Little League Parade.