Queen Anne Little League players from more than 40 teams lined up to march down Queen Anne Avenue during the organization’s Opening Day Parade on Saturday in Upper Queen Anne. After a pancake breakfast at Bethany Presbyterian Church, QALL President Tommy Kim welcomed the crowd, and the Coe Choir sang the national anthem. The fire engine from Seattle Fire House No. 8 roared into action, and Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline led the parade.
Emy Chow-Greiner, a baseball mom and first-time board member, said the pancake breakfast was a revival of an older tradition, but her plan for the parade was the first of its kind here in Queen Anne.
“It was a whirlwind process getting all the permits to shut down the street and divert the buses, find equipment, and recruit volunteers,” Chow-Greiner said.
QALL received donations from Queen Anne Cafe, Cafe Ladro and Queen Anne Coffee Co.
Tommy Kim said he was really impressed when he saw all the volunteers come in and help out. “It’s a nice reminder of what we value and the best part of the Queen Anne community,” he said.
Other team sponsors include: Queen Anne Book Company, Sam's Tavern, City Eye Care, Wag n' Wash, Ken’s Market, Fischer Plumbing, Yuen Lui, Alpine Hut, Café Hagen, Flame Burgers, Skillshow, Queen Anne Space Building, Renewal by Anderson Windows, Bob Oates Plumbing, Seattle Elks 92, Hair Design by Helen, Queen Anne Frame, re:Design, Prostock Athletic Supply, Hagen Coffee Roasters, Chris Gibbons State Farm Insurance, MHT Insurance, Queen Anne Farmer’s Market, AAA Fire Protection, Holly Ring, Queen Anne Family Dental, Chris Topawa Insurance, Scott Haverson’s Thunder and Best Plumbing.