161st BID holds annual Welcome Back Yankees parade

Thousands of marching bands, residents and local legends took part in this year’s Welcome Back Yankees Parade.
Photo by Dennis Cohen

Start spreadin’ the news! The Bronx gave quite the welcome back to the New York Yankees upon the team’s triumphant return to 1 E. 161st Street and River Avenue on Friday, March 29.

Over a thousand fans – men, women, and children – marched exuberantly down the Grand Concourse from East 167th Street to the grounds of old Yankee Stadium to show the Bombers what they mean to the Bronx.

Orchestrated and organized by the 161st Business Improvement District under the leadership of Dr. Cary Goodman, the parade featured Grandmaster Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, and famed Yankee muralist Andre Trenier all as honorary grand marshals.

In the days leading up to the parade, Goodman and his BID once again called on Trenier from the artistic bullpen to work up a mural of lefty pitcher CC Sabathia for the East 161st Street underpass adjacent to the stadium.

Given that Trenier’s portraits of Joe Dimaggio, Thurman Munson and Whitey Ford already occupy the eastbound side of the tunnel, the talented muralist put CC on the other side and has concieved a plan for the remaining potion of the wall.

Additionally, he touched up some of his other murals on 161st Street, such as his black and white Mickey Mantle piece.

The BID is also implimenting an electronic map of all the murals that surround the hallowed grounds, that’s expected to be released this month.

While the area continues to showcase the elegance of Pinstripe Pride, many a Bronxite also took pride in marching around their own borough cheering on their hometown team!

During the festivities, renowned muralist Andre Trenier unveiled his mural honoring former Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia on his retirement.
Photo by Dennis Cohen

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