WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — The threat of rain didn't dampen opening day for the P.O. Michael J. Buczek Little League, which celebrated the start of its 26th season Saturday afternoon in Washington Heights.
With early morning rain jeopardizing the league's opening day parade, officials received several calls from worried parents, league president John Moynihan said. But the clouds rolled away in time for the parade's 11 a.m. start time.
"It's a beautiful day," Moynihan said as hundreds of ballplayers and their parents joined officials, coaches and police officers for the parade.
"We were really worried about the rain," said parent Omar Piron. "I'm glad it cleared up. My kids wanted to play."
Joined by Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa and the NYPD's Emerald Society, more than 200 kids marched from P.S. 48 Michael Buczek to the field on Fort George Avenue.
The ball players were addressed by two former players and current NYPD officers Sgt. Carlos Peralta and Officer Carlos Delrosario, who said the league helped them learn to be model citizens.
"If it wasn't for this league, I wouldn't be standing here in front of you," Delrosario, of the 28th Precinct, said.