Stone Soul festival draws crowds to Blunt Park

The festival concludes on Sunday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – This was the first full day of the 24th annual Stone Soul Picnic festival at Springfield’s Blunt Park.

Dozens of community service groups paraded from Mason Square to Blunt Park for the start of the festival.

Originally a celebration bringing together past and present residents of the Mason Square neighborhood to share old times, the Stone Soul event has grown in size and purpose.

Richard Moore of Springfield told 22News, “It’s a beautiful thing unity of the community is a beautiful thing, either way you look at it.”

Charles Craig Jr., also of Springfield, said, “All of Springfield comes together to represent. It’s a time for enjoyment, friendship, socializing and just unity among everyone in the city.”

Food and friendliness were the order of the day. Sunday, the final day of this nearly quarter century tradition, will begin with an inter-denominational service.

As it has in the past, quite a few former Springfield families will renew friendships with former neighbors. Many have never missed a Stone Soul picnic in the 24 years since the community event began.

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