Shrewsbury Little League’s Opening Day Parade and Festival is coming soon! The League is looking forward to Friday, April 26th when we officially kick off the start of the spring baseball and softball season!

The Opening Day Parade and Festival will include: the Players Parade, opening day ceremony and ceremonial first pitch, the annual 12-Year-Old Home Run Derby contest, and fun for the whole family — traditional ballpark food by Creedon & Co., children’s games, and a special visit from Jake the Lion of the Worcester Bravehearts! The parade will start promptly at 5:30 p.m.

All players should be in full uniform for the parade and can bring their gloves! Please no bats or cleats.

As is tradition, we encourage all SLL players to wear their Little League jersey to school on Opening Day! It’s a great way to show off your Shrewsbury Little League colors!

We are really looking forward to a great night and hope to see everyone there!

Planning to attend? Read the instructions below:

PARKING AND DROP OFF: The Players Parade will line-up at the Upper Dean softball field (Dean #4). Parents have two options to get their player to the field. You can either park and walk your child to the softball field OR there will be a looping line (think looping line at the elementary schools!) at the School Street parking lot where you can drop off first and then park. Players in A, AA, Tee Ball and Rookie must be accompanied by one adult who will help them locate their team.

Due to the high number of attendees, please be prepared to park by the basketball courts or even up the hill in lot #6. Shrewsbury PD recommends entering Dean Park from the Spring Street entrance. There will be overflow parking on the side streets along School Street, as well.

Both the League and Town strongly encourage carpooling and for those within close vicinity to Dean Park to walk to the event.

ARRIVAL: To help lighten the traffic load, there will be two arrival windows:

1) Softball players in Minors, Majors, and Seniors, please arrive between 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Baseball players in AAA and Majors, please arrive between 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

2) Softball players in TeeBall and Rookie, please arrive between 4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Baseball players in Single A and AA, and Challengers please arrive between 4:45 pm and 5:15 pm

Players in A, AA, Tee Ball and Rookie must be accompanied by one adult who will help them locate their team. If you have multiple children at different levels you should use the arrival window of the youngest player.

Teams will be organized in sections on the Upper Dean Softball Field, so please look for the banner of the level your player is in. Our coaches and volunteers will ensure your child gets to the correct designated area and be ready to go for the parade! You will be able to find your player at the ceremony happening on the Dean 1 baseball field.