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Little League parade brings Pelham together; Mike Paradis remembered at ceremony

Pelham Little League hosted its annual parade April 13 to ring in the new season. Every Little League team, in uniforms and carrying banners, marched their way from the Pelham Art Center to Ingalls Field.

“This is my second year collaborating with the PLL organization, and I believe we have taken the season launch to a new level introducing a DJ, announcements and music program,” said Stephen Byfield, one of the parade’s organizers. “Many people in Pelham are doing great things to support community baseball and softball, from the parents, coaches, volunteers and organizers. Seeing them all out today was tremendous.”

The parade also showcased the PMHS band, which marched with the teams. Once at Ingalls, the players had the opportunity to socialize and celebrate the new baseball and softball seasons with their peers, while also getting recognized individually.

“What a great small town feeling right here in Pelham,” said Pelham Councilwoman Maura Curtin. “It’s a feeling of excitement for the season—it’s almost like an opening for a major league game. I feel so thankful to everyone who makes this possible.”

In addition to the parade, a special ceremony took place to honor the late Mike Paradis, who was a Little League board member and a dedicated baseball coach in Pelham for many years. His legacy and contributions, both to the league and Pelham, were appreciated through speeches and a moment of silence.

Paradis “will be remembered for his passion for baseball and his unwavering commitment to the youth of Pelham,” said the Pelham Chamber of Commerce, which organized the tribute with Little League and the Pelham Civic Association.

“It was very special to recognize Mike Paradis on our 2024 launch day as he has been more than passionate and engaged in his contributions during his time,” said Byfield.

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