PALMETTO — The Bradenton Marauders’ new mascot is...a marauder.
The Pittsburgh Pirates high Single-A affiliate, which will play its first game next Thursday at McKechnie Field, unveiled the costumed mascot during today’s DeSoto Heritage Festival’s Children’s Parade in Palmetto.
The mascot, still in search of a name, served as the parade’s Grand Marshal, wielding a plastic sword and tossing beads to spectators while sitting on a red Mustang convertible.
It’s a bearded pirate, similar to the logo on the team’s baseball cap, with a patch over his right eye and a gold hoop in his left ear. Donning a black jacket with gold trim on the shoulders, the marauder stands over seven feet and sports a wide grin, a white ruffled shirt and a pair of black boots.
“Once everything started to take shape,” said Stacy Morgan, coordinator of sales and marketing for the Marauders, “this has pretty much been the concept from the get-go.”
The team began taking entries for its name-the-mascot contest during today’s parade-capping party in Sutton Park. Morgan said fans can submit entries all the way through the team’s first home games, and the Marauders will choose a winner some time after April 23.
The Marauders, who will compete in the Florida State League, play the Fort Myers Miracle in their season-opener 7 p.m. on Thursday.