The 25th annual Tower Square Parade of Big Balloons steps off at 11 a.m. Friday on Main Street in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.
Leading this year’s parade as grand marshal will be U.S. Air Force Col.Thomas Cleland, the ROTC instructor at Springfield Central High School. Judy Matt of Spirit of Springfield, the parade organizer, said Cleland and his family will be followed in the parade by 450 students.
"They are going to be walking with a gigantic American flag. It will be very special."
Tens of thousands of Hudson Valley residents were without power Thanksgiving morning following Wednesday’s snowstorm that dumped a foot in some places. And many could be without lights until the weekend.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the largest holiday light snow in New England. Bright Nights at Forest Park in Springfield features more than a dozen different light displays along a two-mile drive through the city’s largest park. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Judy Matt, president of Sprirt of Springfield, the non-profit that produces Bright Nights along with the city’s parks department.