Petaluma pulls together in both good and bad times and nowhere has this been more visible than during Petaluma National’s journey to the World Series.
The community raised more than $45,000 to send parents and other relatives to South Williamsport, Pa. to cheer the boys on during the games. Then, when the players returned home Monday, they were driven in a 32-foot white Hummer limo, paid for by CrossCheck, a Petaluma check guarantee and verification company.
Now the town is preparing to go all out with a parade this Sunday starting 1pm. An anonymous donor has paid for Super Bowl-style confetti cannons that will discharge 1,000 pounds of red and white bio-degradable confetti, a donation estimated at nearly $3,000. (That includes clean up, too.)
Each player will be driven in either a classic or hot rod car through downtown and each will be greeted with a discharge of confetti. The Kiwanis and rotary will be cooking up free hot dogs in Walnut Park and free pie will be distributed.
Besides the parade, which will begin and end at Walnut Park, attendees will get a chance to have a photo taken with players and make a donation, with all proceeds going to the Ugandan Little League team, who the players befriended while at the World Series.
“They played them and were totally moved by them and understood how little they had,” said Marie McCusker, executive director of the Petaluma Downtown Association, which is organizing the parade.
Attendees will also be able to see video highlights from the games and sign a giant greeting card for Petaluma National.