Taylor Little League Day Parade is Saturday, April 21

More than 2,000 players, coaches and family members from all four Taylor Little Leagues will participate in the second annual Little League Day Parade, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21.

The parade starts on Superior Parkway at Pardee Road and travels west to the Taylor Sportsplex, 13333 Telegraph Road.

Thousands of residents and business people are expected to line the street to cheer on the marchers. Limited parking will be available at John F. Kennedy High School and at the Sportsplex.

Taylor Mayor Cameron G. Priebe and Vince Caplis of the Taylor Northeast Little League have been selected by the parade planning team to serve as grand marshals. Caplis and his wife, Gwynneth, were “very involved parents” in Taylor Northeast, which is celebrating its 50th year as a Little League. The Northeast fields are named in honor of Caplis.

The parade will include contingency of 25 players from Taylor Northeast representing the club’s 50 years of Little League Baseball. There will also be several 1957 vehicles in the parade to mark the special anniversary.

City elected officials and school district officials will participate along with Wayne County Commissioner Edward A. Boike Jr. and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

Members of the Taylor Police and Fire Departments will join in the festivities, along with the Taylor Shrine Club’s Tin Lizzies, and Shriner Clowns. There will be other dignitaries, queens, princesses, music, and floats. New to the parade this year is the Banks Calliope, which will play music for the crowd. The Hoover Middle School band, under the direction of Jim Bergler, will start the parade.

At the end of the parade route will be a variety of family oriented activities at the Sportsplex. Commissioner Boike will serve as the master of ceremonies for the opening day first pitch ceremony at the TSX.

While the opening of Little League is a celebration, the city also will take time to honor the memory of the late Sandy Cloutier, a wife, mother, grandmother, friend and strong supporter of children’s sporting events and, most recently, very active with the Taylor Northwest Little League.

Working closely with city officials to plan the parade have been the presidents and other representatives of the four Little Leagues. The presidents are Ron Zaborowski of Taylor North Central, Brian Holdren of Taylor Northeast, Lanny Hall, Sr. of Taylor Northwest and Darren Lyall of Taylor South.

The parade has been made possible by donations from Meijer, Gordon Food Service, Taylor Ford, John Deere Landscaping, Heritage Perk, Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton P.C., Telegraph Chrysler Jeep, Trinity Transportation Group, Century Cement, Co. Inc., National Block, Telegraph Property, Taylor Community Credit Union, Dearborn Mid-West Conveyor Co., Recycled Aggregates, UAW Region 1A, and the Taylor Governmental Management Administrators and Employees Association.

For more information on the parade, call the Taylor Golf, Parks and Recreation Department at (734) 374-3906.

NOTES: During last year’s Little League Day festivities, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm called Taylor “the Little League capital of Michigan.” Then, in January, the Detroit Tigers brought their winter caravan to meet fans at the Sportsplex.

This year, the City of Taylor has been selected as the site for the Little League Major Division Baseball State Tournament. Families from all over the state will bring 16 championship teams to Taylor to play for the coveted state title starting July 21.

The 27th annual Junior League World Series of baseball – featuring the best teams of 13- and 14-year-old players in the world – is scheduled for August in Heritage Park.