Hundreds brave cold for Springfield’s Parade of the Big Balloons

Hampden County
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The city of Springfield paraded its big balloons through downtown, to the cheers of thousands 

The Cat in the Hat waved to its many admirers young and old as the perennial favorite of this tradition on the day after Thanksgiving that began back in 1991.

The MGM Lion is the new kid on the block rating cheers from the bundled up parade goers. Some families come every year.

“Oh, it’s exciting we like the balloons, we like the bands, the grandchildren are growing up with it like my children did,” said Dawn Barkyoumb of Westfield. 

Springfield’s Mayor Domenic Sarno was having the time of his life serving as Parade Marshal. And the military occupied a space of honor and affection from the many onlookers in an upbeat mood.

“It means the beginning of the holidays for us, it’s when it starts right here,” said Jim Felicianio of Holyoke. “We come here to start the holidays the kids enjoy it, we have a great time.”

The parade brought so many, such warmth and pleasure made it easy to forget the temperature was barely 20 degrees.

Once again the city did itself proud with a parade of the big balloons that keeps bringing people back to downtown year after year.

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