March Madness is no longer all about basketball — at least not in Destin.
Marking the beginning of Little League season, the parade of players, coaches and parents took off from Destin Elementary School Saturday morning toward Dalton Threadgill Park.
Drawing out dozens of players and fans alike, the pint-sized softball and baseball opening day ceremonies were a homerun as usual.
Formed in 1997, Destin's Little League Association offers an opportunity for children from 4 to 16-years-old the chance to play on one of the city's baseball or softball teams. T-ball, kid-pitch and machine pitch are all offered depending on the teams' age.
"I have missed this," said Destin's Mayor Sam Seevers before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday. "My children used to play; it's nice to be at the ballpark again."
According to league president, Ryan Boswell, "Little League is all about the kids." He continued, adding that good sportsmanship and teamwork are the most important things they can take away from their time playing ball.
With Boswell standing on the pitcher’s mound, members from each team met him and excitedly introduced their team, sponsor and coaches.
Once the introductions and official business had wrapped, the party moved to the other side of the park where a carnival was set up for the children with bounce houses, a rock climbing wall and a dunk tank.
"I like playing with my friends," said 6-year-old Jagar Love, who is starting his second year of Little League. "And, I want to be famous . . . like my dad."