PA Governor Rendell Announces First-Ever Williamsport Grand Slam Parade

Parade to Kick Off 2005 Little League World Series and Draw Visitors to Downtown Williamsport

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 26 /PRNewswire/ — Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell today presented a check totaling $40,000 to the Lycoming County Convention and Visitors Bureau for a parade celebrating one of Pennsylvania’s greatest sporting events, the Little League World Series, held each year in South Williamsport. The parade, to be called the Williamsport Grand Slam Parade, will honor the unique heritage and culture of the region and is expected to draw over 10,000 people who attend the series to downtown Williamsport.

“We are excited to assist Williamsport in creating this first-of-its-kind event,” said Gov. Rendell. “The world will get to see the best of the best play during the Little League World Series, and the parade will feature the best of Pennsylvania and will provide a tremendous boost to both the local economy of Williamsport and tourism for years to come.”

The Williamsport Grand Slam Parade will be take place on the streets of downtown Williamsport prior to the first day of the Little League World Series, on Aug. 18, starting at 6 p.m. It will feature the governor, along with Little League players from across the world, the famous Williamsport Marching Millionaires Band, the Pennsylvania National Guard Honor Guard and several other notable local organizations. The parade will conclude in a festival and fireworks display orchestrated to symphony music.

Rendell was joined by Williamsport Mayor Mary Wolf, Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball and Jason Fink, executive vice president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Lycoming County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“I would like to thank Mayor Wolf and Steve Keener and Jason Fink for their vision in making this parade a reality,” said Rendell. “For a long time, we’ve been working toward the goal of getting Little League World Series visitors out of the stadium and into the streets of downtown Williamsport, so this is a very exciting step toward further promoting the region to this unique international audience.”

The governor also encouraged anyone who has never attended the Little League World Series to go to VisitPA.com for two custom road trip itineraries designed for families and baseball lovers.

“The Little League World Series is one of those events that everyone should attend at least once in a lifetime,” said Rendell.

South Williamsport has been home to the Little League World Series since 1959. Annually, it draws 16 different Little League teams from around the world, 350,000 spectators and international attention and acclaim. This year, the series will be held Aug. 19-28 at the Howard J. Lamade Stadium.

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