Crown Point holds World Series parade

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Two girls play Jenga together during the block party. The block party was held from 6:30-10 p.m.

Nicole Reitz

On Monday July 25, the city of Crown Point hosted a parade for the National Softball Association’s class A World Series.

“It was a really great experience participating in the parade. It was fun meeting girls from around the country,” Kailie Czerniawski (11) said.

Sixty-two softball teams from as far away as New Hampshire, ages 8 to 18, took part in the parade marching around the legacy fields, located east of the Crown Point Square.

“I enjoyed spending one last time with my team before the season ended, and I had fun dressing up as boxers for the parade,” Czerniawski said.

After the girls made their way to the end of the parade, the president of the South Shore convention and visitors authority, Espero Batistatos presented the young athletes with awards from the skills competition held earlier that day.

“My team didn’t win any awards, but it was fun to watch other teams get medals and was interesting to see the costumes of other players,” Czerniawski said.

Following the award ceremony, a block party was held at legacy fields. Various girls from different age groups participated in a dance competition and had the opportunity to meet their opponents

“I had a lot of fun at the block party. I got to hangout with my friends and enjoy the nice weather,” Morgan Grudzien (11) said.

The World Series will be held from July 26-30 at Crown Point, Merrillville, Hobart, Highland, Laporte, and Michigan City fields.

Girls participating in the parade start the wave while waiting for awards to be presented. Awards were given out to teams that won the skills competition.
Girls participating in the parade start the wave while waiting for awards to be presented. Awards were given out to teams that won the skills competition.
A Crown Point trolley waits in the parking lot for guests before the parade.  Players and family were able to take a tour of the town while riding in the trolley.
A Crown Point trolley waits in the parking lot for guests before the parade. Players and family were able to take a tour of the town while riding in the trolley.
A bouncy house is being used by children at the block party. The block party took place after the parade.
A bouncy house is being used by children at the block party. The block party took place after the parade.
The parade is held at Legacy fields in Crown Point. Sixty-two softball teams participated in the parade.
The parade is held at Legacy fields in Crown Point. Sixty-two softball teams participated in the parade.
Two girls play Jenga together during the block party. The block party was held from 6:30-10 p.m.
Two girls play Jenga together during the block party. The block party was held from 6:30-10 p.m.