Riverdogs opening night to feature parade

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (DOGS) - New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra reportedlysaid that he loves home openers, whether they are at home or away.

      There's no doubting that he'd love the home opener for the CharlestonRiverDogs, the Class A affiliate of the 27-time World Series Champions Yankees.

      The RiverDogs, the Lowcountry's undisputed leader in professional sports andentertainment, opens its 2014 season on Monday, April 7, at 7:05 p.m. at JosephP. Riley, Jr. Park against the rival Greenville Drive.

      "Opening Night is always a big night for us as it also signals theunofficial beginning of Spring and another fun-filled season of RiverDogsBaseball," said General Manager Dave Echols. "This is one game that we don'thold back because we want to make a good first impression."

      Fans, whether local or visiting from out of town, will enjoy the OpeningNight festivities as the club features the city of Charleston and its charm.

      Opening Night will feature a grand pregame parade that wraps around theoutfield warning track that will highlight many staples of Charleston includingthe College of Charleston cheerleaders, the North Charleston High Schoolmarching band, the South Carolina Stingrays' mascot Cool Ray, The CitadelBulldogs' mascot Spike, zoo animals, the lads from the Holy City Beard andMoustache Society, and a quite few others one wouldn't expect to see on abaseball field. Santa and many creatively decorated floats are expected to joinin on the fun as well. As the parade concludes, the 2014 RiverDogs will beintroduced to the home crowd when they enter the stadium on horse-drawncarriages.

      On-hand to perform the Star Spangled Banner will be national recordingartist, former American Idol contestant, and local star Elise Testone.Also, just like in many years past, Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. - theballpark's namesake - will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

      But the pregame highlight will be the arrival and introduction of lovablemascot Charlie T. RiverDog, who will have a welcoming like none other. Fanswill want to keep an eye on the sky for this one.

      Since the Greenville Drive will be our opening week guests, it begins the"Battle of the Palmetto State" rivalry series presented by Spinx. The winner ofthe season-long battle will receive the Rivalry Championship Trophy, and withit goes the bragging rights as the state's best Sally League representative.

      Fans will also enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 beers, courtesy of Coors.

      The first 5,000 fans that pass through the Riley Park gates will receive a2014 magnet schedule compliments of South Carolina's Future Scholar 529Program.

      Plus, The Joe's brand new, state of the art videoboard and scoreboard will bothmake their RiverDogs debuts, and be on display for everyone to enjoy for thevery first time during a professional baseball game.

      Tickets are on sale for the RiverDogs' 2014 season that begins with aseven-game homestand that features the Drive and Augusta GreenJackets. For moreinformation, please contact the Riley Park Box Office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647)or online at