Heavy rain in the predawn hours of Saturday morning may have washed out the Hollis-Bellaire-Queens Village-Bellerose Athletic Association’s opening day slate of games, but that didn’t stop the hundreds of players from proudly marching in the league’s annual opening day parade.
Gloves in hand and eye black painted on cheeks, players jaunted alongside their parents down Hillside Avenue in Queens Village, making their way to the league’s ballfields at the Padavan-Preller Complex in Bellerose.
Coach Mohamed Baig and some of his players get ready to march in the HBQVBAA’s annual opening day parade on Saturday morning.
A squad of young ballplayers think they are the No. 1 team in the league as they proceed down Hillside Avenue in Queens Village during the annual HBQVBAA parade.
The only thing missing, besides one player’s hat, is some dirt on their jerseys.
The parade begins at the corner of Hillside Avenue and 217th Street in Queens Village.
Proud mom Lisa Carroll holds up a sign she made to help cheer on her son’s team during the march.
With a small American flag emblazoned on the back of their jerseys, two ballplayers observe the Stars and Stripes during the playing of the national anthem on Saturday morning at the Padavan-Preller Complex in Bellerose.
Saturday’s rainouts didn’t keep these boys from bringing their gloves!