Tower Square Parade of the Big Balloons

Friday, November 28, 2014

Main Street from Lyman Street to Locust Street

Since 1991, the Spirit of Springfield has helped welcome Santa Claus to town with Springfield’s own 75-foot inflatable “Cat in the Hat”, a few of his inflatable friends, bands and colorful contingents. At 11AM on the day after Thanksgiving, they promenade down Main Street, entertaining crowds estimated at 70,000.

Parade Marshals
2014 – Colonel Thomas Kleeland, Air Force Junior ROTC, Springfield Central High School
2013 – Colonel James Keefe, Wing Commander, 104th Fighter Group at Barnes Air National Guard Base
2012 – Colonel Robert Brooks, Jr., Wing Commander, 104th Fighter Group at Barnes Air National Guard Base
2011 – June 1, 2011 Tornado First Responders
2010 – Sheriff Michael Ashe, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department
2009 – Major General Joseph Carter, Massachusetts Adjutant General
2008 – Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet
2007 – Spirit of Springfield Board of Directors
2006 – Springfield City Council
2005 – Mayor Charles V. Ryan
2003 – Sprinfield Department of Public Works, Al Chwalek, Director
2002 – Cat in the Hat
2001 – Springfield Fire Commissioner Gary Cassanelli
1991 – Audrey Geisel

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