Don’t forget: The city’s parade to celebrate the Taney Dragons appearance in the Little League World Series starts at 2 p.m. today.
The parade will begin at 20th & Market Streets in Center City at 2:00 PM on Wednesday. The parade route will travel east on Market Street, go around the southwest corner of City Hall, and travel south on Broad Street down to FDR Park at Broad and Pattison Streets. There will be two stops along the parade route: the first at the Kimmel Center where the team will be serenaded by the Philly POPS!, and the second at Broad Street & Washington Avenue where Mummers will perform.
The parade will culminate with a rally and speaking program in FDR Park in the field to the east of the American Swedish Historical Museum, directly off Pattison Avenue. After the parade, the Taney Dragons will travel to Citizens Bank Park where Mayor Nutter and the Philadelphia Phillies will host a pre-game tribute for the Little League team on the field.
The entire Dragons roster will be the focus of a ballpark-wide celebration that will begin outside the confines of Citizens Bank Park. The Little Leaguers and their families will make their “Leadoff Walk” into the stadium — escorted by the Penn Band and led by the Phillie Phanatic. Fans who have not yet entered the ballpark gates are invited to line up on 10th Street to cheer on the Dragons.
Fans inside the ballpark, meanwhile, are urged to be in their seats as the Dragons make their royal entrance into the stadium from a 10th Street Leadoff Walk.
From there, Mayor Michael Nutter and Ryan Howard will address the Dragons in front of the Citizens Bank Park crowd, and the Dragons will then take one final victory lap around the field together as a team.
All 12 players on the Taney Dragons’ roster will simultaneously throw ceremonial first pitches. Serving as their catchers will be players from the 2014 Phillies.
It’s quite the blowout.