ELIZABETH, NJ - If you were driving through Elizabeth on Friday afternoon, you may have seen the large parade of cars and huge float carrying the Elmora Troopers Little League Team as they were being honored by a very proud community.
The Elmora Troopers beat the best teams in New Jersey to win the State Championship before heading to Connecticut to play in the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship where they won the tournament, which qualified them to participate in the Little League World Series. The Troopers were one of only eight teams from across the country to make it to the tournament and one of the final four teams in the United States bracket.
The parade started at Hanratty Field on Westfield Ave and made it was thought the streets of Elizabeth, eventually ending with a huge ceremony at City Hall where NJ Governor Phil Murphy, NJ Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholders Sergio Granados, Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded, and Rebecca Williams joined in congratulating the team.
Elizabeth Troopers Coach Jairo Labrador presented the governor with a baseball team jersey with his name on it.
Congressman Albio Sires invited the team to Washington D.C. stating, “We can all take a picture on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington."
Video of the parade can be viewed below.