For some, it is the new buds on the branches of trees, the call of a robin, or the first rainfall that brings people the first signs of spring.
For LaSalle residents, however, it is the Turtle Club Parade.
A large crowd gathered behind the Td Bank on Front Road on April 30 for the first time in three years to bring the town together once again for the opening day of the Turtle Club.
Aaron Anson is the Division Director for house league softball and the scheduler for the Turtle Club. He said it was good to see people come together again to keep this spring-time tradition alive.
“I’m looking forward to a good season,” said Anson. “It feels good just to be on the field and not have all the restrictions we’ve had in the past last year or two. People were still happy with what we could provide. But this year, it’s more like business as usual.”
Organized from youngest to oldest, players – past and present – and their families walked from the corner of Laurier and Front to the Turtle Club on Reaume Road. All donning smiles and chanting with excitement as they waved to residents lining the sides of the streets.
LaSalle Fire guided the parade, sirens blaring to catch the attention of everyone in the area. LaSalle Police blocked the streets and escorted the parade to ensure everyone’s safety.
Long-time supporter, former Turtle Club baseball dad and LaSalle Town Councillor Jeff Renaud said it’s nice to see this symbol of normalcy come back to the Town of LaSalle.
“It’s all about hope for the future,” said Renaud. The Turtle Club develops youth and turns them into strong young men and women so that they can someday turn around and lead communities, in a fun way … it’s always nice to see all the kids come out and to have a chance to recognize the time these volunteers have put in to make all this happen.”