Play Ball celebrated with Little League parade

Padres host more than 7,500 youth players on Sunday

Play Ball celebrated with Little League parade

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres wrapped up Play Ball Weekend on Sunday with a Little League Day parade, featuring more than 7,500 players and coaches.

Before Sunday's game against the Dodgers, the Petco Park warning track was abuzz with Little Leaguers in colorful jerseys. A preselected group of youth players were also permitted to take infield practice prior to the game.

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The parade put a cap on an exciting weekend, which began Friday when players visited Porter Elementary School, where they spoke with students and took part in a clinic. Then, on Saturday, kids from local Little Leagues took the field along with the players.

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Play Ball Weekend serves as part of Major League Baseball's Play Ball initiative, which encourages participation in baseball activities -- whether in formal leagues or in casual settings. 2016 marked the first year in which a weekend was designated to celebrate the initiative.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.