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Annual parade kicks off Little League baseball/softball season

Nearly 2,000 little leaguers, their friends, families, local community leaders and elected officials will kick off the 2010 baseball season in Prospect Park with a parade through Park Slope and on into the park, April 10.

The Little League Parade gets underway at 10 a.m., stepping off at Seventh Avenue and Carroll Street, then moving along Seventh Avenue to Ninth Street before turning up Ninth Street into the park and ending at the Bandshell.The opening day ceremony at the Bandshell begins at approximately 11 a.m.

A ceremonial first ball toss at the Bandshell will inaugurate another great season of baseball and softball at the seven fields in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow and the six fields at the historic Parade Ground.

Prospect Park’s volunteers will also hold an Opening Day Clean-Up, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Anyone wanting to lend a hand can meet near the Tennis House, near Ninth Street and Prospect Park West.

Additionally, little children can get into the spring cleaning spirit at the Lefferts Historic House during Spring Wash Day, 1-4 p.m. (April 10-11).Out come the washtubs and washboards as Lefferts turns back the clock to when Brooklynites cleaned without the help of electricity. Spring Wash Day is free.

For more, call the Park Hotline at 718-965-8999 or visit

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