PETALUMA, Calif. --Petaluma will celebrate its Little League team's stellar performance in the Little League Baseball World Series with a parade Sunday afternoon.
The Petaluma National team was a win away from being the nation's best team and two wins shy of the world championship in the recently-completed Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.The team lost the national championship game 24-16 to the Goodlettsville, Tenn., team despite a 10-run rally that tied the game at 15 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The undefeated team from Tokyo, Japan, beat the Tennessee team for the Little League World Series title. Sunday's 45-minute parade will start at 1 p.m. at Walnut Park at Fourth and D streets. The 12- and -13-year-old team members will ride in convertible hot rods or classic cars. Elected officials and special guests will make presentations to the team, and the Petaluma National Little League and other sponsors will host a free hot dog barbecue in Walnut Park after the parade until 4 p.m. Streets surrounding the park may stay closed until 4 p.m. depending on the size of the crowd. Streets along the parade route will be closed between noon and 2 p.m. People are encouraged to arrive at the parade early and carpool to the downtown area. Mass transit will be routed to the Transit Mall during the parade. Public consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the event and violators face strict enforcement, Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons said.