It's October, so it must be time for Pride in Parsippany—the Parsippany Soccer Club's Pride Invitational Tournament, that is.
Starting Friday evening and continung through Sunday afternoon, the PSC will host the 24th annual competition.
According to club President David Ferguson, nearly 500 teams will participate. He said they'll be playing on more than 60 fields in Parsippany and surrounding communities.
The teams are primarily from New Jersey, but many hail from New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Demand for the event was exceedingly high. According to the PSC website, more than 550 teams applied for the tournament, and there simply was not room for everyone.
"It was a tough process to leave out some teams, but the committee did its best to bring in equally competitive teams to fill our different levels of competition," the club's statement read. "If [your team was] not accepted this year, we will keep you on the wait list in case someone drops out, and hope that we can accommodate your team at next year’s silver anniversary tournament."
A list of the competing teams is available on the club website.
Ferguson said the event is a positive thing for Parsippany.
"It's truly wonderful welcoming roughly 7,500 kids ages 7-14 to our community and watching them play 'the beautiful game,'" he said. "Not to mention their parents provide a boost to the local economy through their patronage of local hotels, restaurants and merchants."
For information regarding game times and field locations, refer to the Pride Tournament information page on the PSC website.