There was a parade of dragons in center city Philadelphia today, Aug 27 2014. The Taney Dragons, a little league team from Philadelphia captured the hearts of Philadelphians even if they came up short of a championship. So,the city threw them a little parade for their effort. It was actually more than a little parade , it was in a small way reminiscent of Halloween 2008 when the Phillies rolled down Broad Street after winning the World Series.
As the caravan of floats containing the players and family members made it's way to market Street from 20th Street, the team were greeted by thousands of people that came out of their office buildings to wave hello. Most had cameras and cell phones and were shooting video. If an office window could be opened, it was, and at one point, people tossed beach balls to the players.
The entire Taney Dragon team were on the floats, along with their family members. but much of the attention was focused on Mo'ne Davis a 12 year old with a fastball that is deadly. She was even featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She seemed to shrug off the attention and refused to sign autographs when asked by the crowd. Members of the team were slapping hands with passersby who reached out to them as the floats went by.
There were some people on social media who wondered if this was not overkill, after all, when Philly pro teams go all the way only to lose in the playoffs or Super Bowl, there is not a parade thrown for them. There were no city resources spent. Cops on duty were on duty anyway. There was no traffic detoured. As the parade made it's way south on Broad Street, to a celebration at FDR Park, traffic could crawl behind or take another street to go around. This was not on the scale of the Phillies. As the parade passed, people went back to their lives and did not chase after the floats, as they did the Phillies.
When kids play base ball ,they dream of going to the World Series. It's preposterous to think a little league team can take on and beat a major league team, but playing kids their own age? That's within the realm of possibilities. For some kids from South Philadelphia, they made it a reality with the Little_League_World_Series.
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