New England News
6:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Big Balloons Parade Friday In Springfield

Tens of thousands of people will usher in the holiday season in downtown Springfield Massachusetts Friday morning with the annual Tower Square Parade of Big Balloons.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

Credit Spirit of Springfield

The parade, which features 9 giant balloons,including the" Cat In The Hat",steps off at 11AM on Main Street.   Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield, the parade organizer, says this year’s parade will be led Col Robert Brooks, head of the fighter wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base. A high school ROTC unit will march  right behind him with a giant American flag

The parade also features four marching bands, and Santa Claus on a fire truck…