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Summer Sun Shines on Darien Little League Opening

DARIEN, Conn. – In a showing of bright colors and uniforms the nearly 160 teams of the Darien Little League walked a mile down Noroton Avenue to officially start their season.

Third-grade pitcher Charlie Pegler and aspiring future Yankee, said that walking in the parade was his favorite part, as well as getting to play after all the speeches were done.

“It was really fun walking. And it’s cool to see all the different jerseys,” Teddy Laird, a team mate of Pegler, said.

While the children may have really enjoyed their time walking down from Darien High School, there was a noticeable lack of spectators on the side of the road.

“It’s cool, but last year people were all up and down Noroton Ave.,” Philip Moss said. He and his family have lived on Noroton Avenue for six years and he said that in the past there has always been a crowd for the parade.

Even so, Moss’ 6-year-old son Dalton said he had fun watching the police and fire trucks lead the teams down the road. And as Craig Flaherty walked Noroton with his 8-year-old son Pace, he said the parade was a “great small town thing.”

“It makes the kids feel good,” Flaherty said, adding that as the reason the Noroton Heights Fire Department hoists an American Flag over the driveway to McGuane Park every year.

“It’s really the one time a year when we can bring all whole Darien Little League together,” said David Ott , president of Darien Little League . “I think it’s a great way to celebrate the teams.”

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