COLONIE — There are certain signs of spring: birds start singing, trees start budding and Little Leaguers marching through Cook Park.
The Colonie Little League traditional parade was back in full force on Saturday, April 23 after having to scale down Opening Day the last two years thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Saturday morning, at 9 a.m. sharp, hundreds of Little League baseball players marched from the corner of Tanglewood Road and Sharon Drive, on the north side of Cook Park, through a gauntlet of parents and fans to the finely manicured major league field.
Opening Day ceremonies included a number of presentations from — and to — league President Rodger Wyland with first pitches thrown out by Village Mayor Tom Tobin and SouthPaw, of Tri-Village ValleyCats fame. The UAlbany marching band played during the parade and last year’s state champs were recognized during the ceremony.
Also, a representative from Stewart’s brought a $600 check from the company to help things along this year.
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