Little League players tipped their hats to parade goers as they passed by. Alison L. Mead

A burst of color exploded on Circuit avenue Saturday morning as 21 Martha's Vineyard Little League teams proudly sported their jerseys and marched down the avenue towards their final destination, Veira Park. The parade kicked off the 75th anniversary of Little League.

"It all happens because of the spirit of volunteerism," said master of ceremonies, Lorne Lewis. "It is robust and it is robust because of the volunteers."

After Mr. Lewis welcomed parade goers and league members, he invited each team to take their place along the first and third baselines and salute the flag with the national anthem. The first pitch was thrown by umpire-in-chief Larry Johnson.

Games in each of the four leagues followed the festivities at fields across the Island. 

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Alison L. Mead

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