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Little League champs, new attractions featured in Mother Goose Parade

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The world champion Park View Little League team helped attract a huge crowd to Sunday's 63rd annual Mother Goose Parade.

The parade, which also included six marching bands, drew about 250,000 spectators, said city spokeswoman Monica Zech.

"I think everybody turned out to see them," Zech said about the young baseball players, who rode on the back of a flatbed truck with their coaches, to the delight of the crowd.

The team, which became known as the "Blue Bombers" because of their home run hitting prowess, defeated a team from Taiwan in the championship game this summer in South Williamsport, Penn.

The players enjoyed celebrity status on their return, and were honored at numerous well-attended celebrations.

New to the parade was a "Mother Goose Village" with an area sponsored by Legoland California so children could play with the toys, Zech said. Musical entertainment was scheduled to perform in the village, at the Prescott Promenade, until 6 p.m., she said.

Parade organizers have struggled the past couple of years to stage the event because of the poor economy, but Zech said the community stepped up with enough contributions this year.

Major donors and vendors appeared pleased enough with the turnout to all but guarantee that a 64th edition of the parade will be held, she said.

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