SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s annual Parade of the Big Balloons stepped-off at 11 Friday morning.
The Cat in the Hat, Peppa Pig, Strawberry Shortcake, and other giant inflatables paraded down Main Street from Lyman Street down to Locust Street in the South End.
Santa Claus gave a wave above the crowd aboard the Springfield Fire Department’s Ladder 1.
Thousands lined Main Street to witness the big balloons, The Cat in The Hat continues to be the the favorite among the onlookers. Visitors from all over western Massachusetts brought their children for the spectacle that has endeared itself to so many for so many years.
“It’s good to have family during thanksgiving, so I’m happy to be here. and I’m excited got to get down to Springfield,” said Jim Adgate of Greenfield.
Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri served as Parade Marshal. The large crowd honored him as well as the men and women in the military who paraded proudly down Main Street.
For Springfield native Jennifer Norman who now lives in Rockport, Texas, this parade was truly special, her daughter was attending for the first time.
“It’s amazing, I’m really excited, for her to see it,” Norman told 22News. “We saw it every year as kid growing up and it’s a first time experience for her something she doesn’t get to see in Rockport, Texas.”
Some among the spectators have never missed a Parade of the Big Balloons. They told 22News every year is special, like seeing them for the first time when they were children.