This is part of a new series, Intern Talk, written by our intern Will Hixson.
The Petaluma spirit was alive and well on Sunday when thousands gathered downtown to watch the parade celebrating the achievements of the Petaluma National Little League.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re familiar with the astonishing success of these young ball players, ranked second in the nation and third worldwide. Though losing to a team from Tennessee, in Petaluma’s eyes these 13 boys are nothing short of superstars.
America’s favorite past time and Petaluma’s small town pride drove people to the streets, regardless of the 90 degree weather. Equally proud was PCA, there to capture it all on video.
With multiple cameras on Petaluma Boulevard, we captured the motorcade descending through the vivacious crowd. The hot rods continued, eventually landing at Walnut Park.
While it was questionable how such a mass of people would cram into the petite park, the transition was seemingly flawless as Petalumans gathered to hear comments from the mayor and others.
All fueled up on free hot dogs, the PCA crew secured a spot at the park to film public testimonials to the team. From young to old, the message seemed to be the same… “We are so proud of you!”
It was a poignant moment for Petaluma, whether you were following the Little League World Series or not. It brought the city together like only rare occasions can, and like many people have said, “It put Petaluma on the map.”
Enthusiasm was in the air as myself and the PCA staff lured in the locals to speak to the camera. Though thousands came out to celebrate, it seems many came down with a case of the camera shy.
With a little convincing, we were able to round up a decent number of people to say a few words to the camera. The testimonials are expected to air on one or more of PCA’s three channels.
Though it would be hard to shake the overwhelming positivity, there was one mystery that plagued the day. Where was the guest book?
Finding the guest book was like a never ending game of Where’s Waldo. While the guest book may have not seen a single signature, the Little League stars were working overtime giving out autographs.
Clover was on hand to supply free ice cream to accompany the hot dogs and mini apple pies. It just doesn’t get any more American than that.
A proud moment for Petaluma happily captured through the lens of PCA. For many, a grand day to remember. For me, just another day at the office.