New Parade of Legends Provides Up Close Glimpse of Baseball Heroes on Induction Eve in Cooperstown

Main Street Parade Starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24

July 16, 2010

Get a full rundown on Hall of Fame Weekend 

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – It’s a baseball tradition like no other – the annual return of the Hall of Famers to Cooperstown for Induction Weekend.

But starting this year, the celebration becomes even more spectacular with the addition of the Hall of Fame Parade of Legends the day before the Induction Ceremony.

Hall of Fame members will participate in the brand new Hall of Fame Parade of Legends at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, on Main Street in Cooperstown. The parade will originate at Main Street and Chestnut Street, concluding at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Fans are encouraged to gather near Pioneer Park at Main and Pioneer streets for optimal viewing opportunities. Live announcements introducing all of the Hall of Fame members and participants will be featured.

Parade fans will have a front-row seat to catch a glimpse of the largest gathering of Hall of Fame members at one time in one location. At Pioneer Park, Hall of Fame staff members will entertain the crowd with contests and activities.

TheHall of Fame Parade of Legends is one of many family-friendly activities during a weekend that will feature the induction of Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog as members of the Class of 2010 at the Hall of Fame.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be closed to visitors beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, but will re-open Sunday, July 25, at 8 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. For participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program, doors open at 7 a.m. on Sunday. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission. A special Members’ only entrance eliminates the need to wait in line. Interested parties may enroll in the Membership Program in advance or at the Museum.

The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 23: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 24: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 25: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 26: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Advance tickets are not necessary but are available by contacting the Hall of Fame at 888-425-5633. For Hall of Fame Members, doors open at 7 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission. A special Members’ only entrance eliminates the need to wait in line. Interested parties may enroll in the membership program in advance or at the Museum.

In addition to free admission the Museum, Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum receive access to exclusive programs, such as the Voices of the Game Series. Additionally, members receive a subscription to the Hall of Fame's bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, the 2010 Hall of Fame yearbook and a 10% discount and free shipping on retail purchases. For information on becoming a Member, please visit baseballhall.org or call 607-547-0397.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. The Museum observes off-season hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. Ticket prices are $16.50 for adults (13 and over), $11 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $6 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children six years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.