Family reunion drive-by parade held for Springfield seniors at Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield held “Drive Thru parade” at the city’s senior center Tuesday.

It was a senior reunion at the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center in Springfield, which has been closed during the pandemic. It was a big turnout for the drive thru parade, with a long line of cars outside the facility.

Mayor Domenic Sarno, Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, and other community members provided face masks, hand sanitizer and treats to seniors who came by.

“We’re living our best quarantine life. And so we are here to celebrate our seniors, and tell them that we miss them and are excited we are having this senior parade,” said Caulton-Harris.

Pearl Defilio of Springfield told 22News, “I haven’t been active at all for the past you know 3 or 4 months or so, because of health, you know. I didn’t feel good. But now I have to get back into the swing of things.”

A lot of seniors really got into it, decorating their cars with messages and balloons. Tuesday’s drive thru parade ran from 11 to 12:30.

Springfield Mayor Sarno said the city is being cautious with the current public health guidelines, but they are looking forward to reopening the facility as soon as they deem its safe to do so.

“Though we cannot be together in person during these extraordinary and
unprecedented times, we remain together in spirit. We are all so excited to see everyone during this family reunion parade for our seniors and we are all looking forward to the good times and memories, we can share together as we continue to work together to defeat this COVID-19 Coronavirus.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno

MAP: Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center

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