Lansdowne parade marks start of youth baseball, softball seasons

With lights flashing and sirens wailing, fire engines from the Lansdowne and English Consul volunteer fire departments led the annual Opening Day Little League parade down Hollins Ferry Road on Saturday morning.

Following the emergency vehicles were area legislators, pom groups and many of the participants from the Lansdowne, Riverview and Baltimore Highlands recreation councils' programs.

Toward the rear of the parade, which began at Riverview Elementary School on Kessler Road and ended at Lansdowne High School on Hollins Ferry Road, were many of the league's softball and baseball players.

Their coaches led them in cheers as they passed by several hundred spectators, most of whom enjoyed the show from locations spots between Lansdowne Road and Freeway to watch the parade.

"That's the point of the parade, to show off the programs we offer," said Jaime Rodriguez, one of the parade's organizers, on Thursday.

Though gray skies hung over the festivities, no rain fell and the baseball and softball players marched from the parade to the ball fields on the campuses of Lansdowne High School and Lansdowne Middle School.

Baseball and softball games started at around 11 a.m. after a brief ceremony that featured the singing of the National Anthem and brief speeches from league organizers.

At last year's parade, the skies opened just as the last members of the parade crossed the finish line and the downpour canceled the day's games.

The parade hasn't been rained out in about 10 years, Rodriguez said.

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