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M-A Bears' victory to bring community out on Saturday

 
A map of the planned parade route to celebrate the M-A football team's state championship win. (Map courtesy city of Menlo Park.)

A parade is set for Saturday, Jan. 12, in recognition of the Menlo-Atherton High School football team's first state championship win.

The M-A Bears defeated Lincoln-San Diego 21-7 on Dec. 15 to win the CIF Division 3-AA State Championship.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the Caltrain station parking lot at the intersection of Santa Cruz Avenue and Merrill Street in downtown Menlo Park, according to city staff. It will proceed westbound along Santa Cruz Avenue to the Chestnut Street intersection, where the M-A cheer and dance teams will perform. The parade will continue along Santa Cruz Avenue to Crane Street, where participants will then turn south before heading east along Menlo Avenue back to Alma Street. The parade will end at Burgess Park near the baseball fields.

At around 11 a.m., a rally will be held at the park, with elected officials and speakers from the school and the football team. More performances will be given by the cheer and dance teams, as well as the school choir, and players will be recognized individually.

People should expect travel delays Saturday morning along with road closures or lane restrictions in downtown Menlo Park and near Burgess Park during the event. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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