MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood-South Orange Softball and South Orange-Maplewood Baseball leagues held their opening day parade and ceremony on Saturday, May 2. To the delight of coaches, players and parents, it was a warm and sunny spring day when festivities kicked-off at 9 a.m. with the parade leaving from Ritzer Field behind Columbia High School.

The parade of softball, baseball and T-ball teams, many holding signs, was led by the Columbia High School Marching Band down Valley Street to Memorial Park, where participants and spectators assembled on the field for speeches and performances, including Columbia High School's a capella group "Unaccompanied Minors" singing The Star Spangled Banner. 

The festivities continued with the ceremonial throwing of two opening pitches, one from Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca and one from South Orange Village President Alex Torpey.

The event concluded with a few more thank yous and final remarks, after which the two towns were ready to play ball.