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FARMINGTON — Baseball players on Friday stood at the edges of their floats, tossing candy into the crowd around them.

The Connie Mack World Series Parade introduced baseball enthusiasts and the community to the 10 teams competing for the tournament title. The first two games, as well as the opening ceremony, took place on Friday evening at Ricketts Park.

But before that, the parade kicked off the festivities for the series, which is marking its 50th year in Farmington. It lasted more than an hour and stretched from Safeway West to Ricketts Park.

On their float, the D-BAT Gallegos players passed a cardboard bat cutout down the line of athletes. Each of the players signed the bat before they handed it to a boy, who raised it in the air and ran back into the crowd along Main Street.

Standing among the crowd on Main Street was Jodie Marquez, a former Farmington resident who traveled back to the Four Corners with her children for the series, like she does every year. The mother of three stood on the street as her children waited anxiously for candy.

"We come back every summer to visit," she said. "We're excited to be here for Connie Mack."

She said the family's favorite part of the series is the parade.

The first team to roll down Main Street was Puerto Rico's Carolina Vaqueros. The players waved the Puerto Rico flag, chanting "Puerto Rico."

Soon after the Vaqueros, the Frozen Ropes, of McKinney, Texas, drove by, tossing T-shirts from their float as the crowd scrambled to catch them.

Kim Obiedo and her sons, Hunter, 5, and Noah, 12, also watched Friday's parade.

"I love candy," Hunter said.

Noah said he enjoys the parade because he gets to see the teams. Also, he said, he plays baseball himself and likes to pitch.

"I love batting," Hunter interjected.

"You love batting?" his mom replied. "That's because you're in tee-ball."

She laughed.

"When you're in tee-ball, you love batting," she said.

Members of the Bill Hood Broncos from Mandeville, La., ride on Friday along Main Street during the Connie Mack World Series Parade in Farmington.
Members of the Bill Hood Broncos from Mandeville, La., ride on Friday along Main Street during the Connie Mack World Series Parade in Farmington. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

On the corner of Allen Avenue and Main Street, Nichole Stowell and her children watched the parade. The family wore Midland Redskins shirts and waited to see the players they are hosting pass by in the parade.

"They're great," Stowell said. "They're good boys. Really polite and well-mannered."

Stowell's daughter plays softball and is excited to learn from the team.

"The kids think it's pretty neat to have two boys staying at the house," Stowell said, as the Redskins' float came into view.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.