Little Leaguers start seasons with annual parades

The Unicorn Team sponsored by Seattle Pediatric Dentists passed out lots of candy during the Magnolia Parade.

The Unicorn Team sponsored by Seattle Pediatric Dentists passed out lots of candy during the Magnolia Parade.
Courtesy Julie Bennett

This weekend, baseball lovers young and old came together to celebrate the time-honored tradition of Opening Day. Queen Anne Little League and Magnolia Little League kicked off their seasons with a grand parade in each neighborhood. 

Magnolia Little League has been hosting a parade through Magnolia Village for the last 50 years and this year was no exception. With more than 500 players in the league, the streets were full with all of the teams that came out to march. Players chose creative names for their teams and worked together to decorate banners to carry. The streets were packed with parents and friends and siblings, even though it rained throughout the parade. Kids and adults passed out candy along the route. One player remarked, “This is more candy than I got on Halloween!”

Magnolia Little League has a strong booster program and offers scholarships so that every child within their league boundary can have a place to play. They also partner with Seattle Parks & Recreation to fund many of the improvements to the fields and facilities that will benefit all Seattle citizens.

Courtesy Laura Marie Rivera

The Queen Anne Parade and Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline paused in front of Bethany Presbyterian Church for remarks from Event Announcer Kirsten Kendrick and City Councilmember Bob Kettle

This year marked the second annual parade for Queen Anne Little League – who modeled their parade and pancake breakfast after the Magnolia events. The players range from four- and five-year-olds in T-Ball, to the All-Star levels of baseball and softball, and a Challenger Division that includes players of all abilities age 4 to adult.

The pancake breakfast was powered by volunteer parents and coaches making hundreds if not thousands of pancakes to pair with the pounds and pounds of bacon and fruit. Guests were serenaded by a bagpiper and also had the chance to peruse a display with vintage QALL jerseys.

The parade down Queen Anne Avenue was led by the engine from Seattle Fire Station 8 and the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline. Even the rain could not dampen their excitement.

New City Councilmember and former T-Ball Coach, Bob Kettle, offered remarks on the important lessons of baseball and how the community can work with the city for the needed improvements for the fields. Queen Anne Little League also thanked the community for coming out, Emy Chow-Greiner for planning, and their longtime sponsors, estimating that Ken’s Market had been sponsoring teams for 30 years!