The Petaluma National Little League team received a hero's welcome Sunday in a parade and celebration that filled the streets of their hometown.

Police estimated the crowd at 15,000 to 20,000 and observers said it rivaled the turnout of the city's annual Butter & Egg Days parade.

The team of 13 boys rode in classic cars, sandwiched among marching bands.

At a packed Walnut Park they were presented with a huge key to the city and commendations from the City Council, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, state legislators and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.

The 12- and 13-year-olds were lauded for their spirit, sportsmanship and "never-give-up attitude" shown during their stirring run to the semi-finals of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

The all-stars fell in the U.S. Championship to Goodlettsville, Tenn., but then defeated Panama to capture third place in the international tournament.

Japan won the title game.

Bodega Bay Fishermen’s Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Westside Regional Park in Bodega Bay.

It features live music and entertainment, wine- and beer-tasting, food, games, face-painting for the kids and demonstrations by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s rescue helicopter and the Coast Guard.

The popular Wooden Boat Challenge will take place on both days this year.

The Blessing of the Fleet, in which decorated local fishing vessels parade about the harbor and receive a solemn blessing from local clergy, begins at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. See for more information.