Opening Day Parades
Mar 02, 2016 05:05PM
● By Elena Hutslar
Opening Day parade, photo by Tod Gomes
The 20th Annual Youth Baseball Parade is Saturday, March 5, at 10am, beginning at City Hall Plaza, 525 Henrietta Street. Athletes and coaches from Martinez Baseball Club and Martinez Youth Baseball and Softball Association will march down Alhambra Avenue, turn right on Main St. and continue on to Las Juntas Street. Local celebrity Harriett Burt will introduce teams and coaches. Alhambra Avenue will be closed to traffic between Jones and Main Street for approximately 25 minutes. Main Street will be closed to parking from 9am-12pm and closed to traffic 10am-12pm. Following the parade, Martinez Youth Baseball and Softball League will hold team pictures and a barbecue lunch at Waterfront Park. For more information, call Martinez Recreation at 372-3510.
Pleasant Hill Baseball Association’s Opening Day is also March 5. The parade starts sharply at 8am followed by opening ceremonies to be completed by 9:30am. The kids will first assemble at Sequoia Middle School, march down Boyd to Patterson, and wind up at Pleasant Oaks Park. Opening ceremonies and brief remarks will be made by the mayor and vice mayor, volunteers will be recognized, the College Park Choir will give a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” a local Boy Scout troop will give the pledge of allegiance, and the customary “play ball” declaration will be given. The police department and Con Fire will participate in the parade as well. PHBA expects 5,000 people to attend. Over 1,700 players will play their first games of the season following the events.