New acts to excite at tonight’s Grand Slam Parade
By MALLORIE MCILWAIN
For The Express
WILLIAMSPORT — Exciting music, dance, drums and new acts with extravagant floats are set to proceed downtown during tonight’s 15th annual Grand Slam Parade to welcome the 16 Little League Baseball teams to the city.
Streets intersecting with Fourth Street will start closing at 2 p.m. including Market and Hepburn streets.
Around 5:30 p.m. the parade will step off at the intersection of Susquehanna and Seventh streets and will parade downtown to Market and Fourth streets. The community should anticipate the event to end around 8 p.m. according to Jason Fink, president and CEO of the Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce.
Every year, a Hall of Fame baseball player comes to the city to be the Grand Marshal for the event – a very special honor for the city and for the players. This year’s marshal will be none other than Randy Johnson.
Last year, the New York White Sabers Drum Corps lead the parade with members of the Williamsport Area High School “Marching Millionaires” who participate in the corps. This year, both groups will perform together, parading down the street.
“That’s 200 people in one entry alone,” Fink said. “I’m really excited about that.”
The other eight county bands along with Sullivan County and Central Mountain school bands will be participating, providing music for community members on the side walks.
“People love to see the music coming through,” Fink added.
Saints Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps. from Port Chester, New York is a new act that will be joining the parade this year alongside the multitude of local band performances.
New floats will be introduced this year including Zoe Wagner, a Williamsport high school senior who has a themed float, “Growing Up Disney” for an ongoing fundraiser with Make-A-Wish, along with floats from High Steel, Dwell Orphan Care and Valley View Rehab. Stallion will even be bringing a monster truck down the street.
“I enjoy seeing people appreciate all of the different entries,” Fink said. “We provide a variety.
Without them (the acts) being involved we wouldn’t have this… 40,000 people don’t come out to the streets for nothing.”