Philly throwing a parade to celebrate Taney Dragons

 Philadelphia will honor the Taney Dragons Little League team with a parade. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philadelphia will honor the Taney Dragons Little League team with a parade. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons will be honored Wednesday afternoon with a parade celebrating the team’s recent Little League success.

The “rolling” procession is slated to start at 2 p.m. at 20th and Market Streets.

The parade will then head south, making a pair of stops before ending at FDR Park near the stadiums in South Philadelphia.

Outside of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Philly Pops will perform.

At Broad Street and Washington Avenue, Mummers will strut their stuff.

The roughly four-mile parade will close out around 4 p.m. with a short rally.

“They won our hearts and minds, and as long as they’re first in our hearts and minds, we’re always going to tell and show our kids that this is what we truly believe. We believe in you, we support you, and we want to celebrate you when you do well,” said Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison.

The Dragons will also be saluted at Citizens Bank Park before the Phillies’ Wednesday night game against the Washington Nationals.

The Dragons’ Little League World Series run captivated the city and the nation.

Behind the pitching of Sports Illustrated cover girl Mo’ne Davis, the team became the first-ever squad from Philadelphia to earn a spot in South Williamsport.

Taney, the Mid-Atlantic champions, won its first two games, but lost its next two before being eliminated from the tournament.

The Dragons fell one-game short of reaching the U.S. Championship game. That still makes them the third best Little League team in the country.

Starting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, SEPTA Bus Routes 17, 31, 32, 33, 38, 44, 124 and 125 will be detoured from their normal eastbound routes on Market Street between 20th Street and City Hall. The detours will remain in effect on these lines until the parade turns onto South Broad Street.

Beginning at 2 p.m., SEPTA Bus Routes 4, 16, and 27 will be detoured from their normal routings on South Broad Street. These detours will remain in effect until the parade has cleared South Broad Street.

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