MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - After being delayed by Mother Nature, officials in Mount Vernon are ready to host the victory parade planned to celebrate the boy's varsity basketball team's state championship victory.
On Wednesday, April 19, the championship motorcade will weave through city streets and by the high school they call home. The parade will start at noon at Mount Vernon High School, making its way to City Hall.
Following the parade, there will be a ceremony featuring remarks from Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas 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.
At the reception, Thomas is also expected to announce details of the Mayor's Scholarship Fund.
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.”