MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - With rain expected to hit the area this week, officials in Mount Vernon have been forced to postpone the victory parade planned to celebrate the boy’s varsity basketball team's state championship.
On Wednesday, officials announced that due to the scheduled forecast, they were forced to postpone the parade - originally scheduled for Thursday - for two weeks, to Wednesday, April 19.
The parade will step off at noon on April 19, starting at the Mount Vernon High School and continuing through to Mount Vernon City Hall. Following the parade, there will be a ceremony honoring the team for their 11th state title at City Hall. The team, Mount Vernon High School cheerleaders, school and city officials are expected to attend.
Mount Vernon claimed their record title last month, winning their first state championship in five years when they topped Fairport 59-48 in a hotly contested match-up in Binghamton.
Following their victory, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas praised coach Bob Cimmino and his squad for bringing home championship gold from Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. He said he “cannot wait to welcome them home for a ‘Parade of Champions’ to celebrate together as one big family."
“Mount Vernon is back and all of New York State knows it. Congratulations to our hard-working young men, Coach Bob Cimmino and his staff, each of whom have made the entire port city proud,” he added. “The Knights exemplify the values our community holds dear - discipline, teamwork, trust, and the determination to never give up.
“Their victory is our victory as it inspires all of us to strive for glory. Moments like this plant seeds of aspiration in our youth, molds their character to be of courage and reinvigorates hope for the future.”