Balloon wranglers in need for Springfield Parade of the Big Balloons

150 of the 300 needed have already volunteered

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Volunteers are still needed for the Parade of the Big Balloons in downtown Springfield on Black Friday.

Hundreds of volunteers will serve as wranglers guiding the balloons down Main Street and carrying banners on November 24.

More than 200 volunteers are needed to wrangle the balloons safely down Main Street and carry parade banners. So far, one hundred and fifty people have already volunteered according to the Spirit of Springfield.

Balloon wranglers must be at least 16-years-old, weigh 90 pounds and be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on parade day. Since balloon wranglers must weigh at least 90 pounds, Spirit of Springfield Executive Director Judy Matt, recommends making volunteering a family affair.

“We need banner carriers to carry them,” said Matt. “Mom and dad can carry the balloons, children who are too young to be in the parade, they can carry a banner.”

Matt hopes to have the full contingent of volunteers by early next week.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. from Lyman Street through Main Street to Locust Street. A traditional Holiday Open House will be hosted by Tower Square after the parade from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature man y activities and performances.

Anyone interested in volunteering can click here or call Spirit of Springfield directly at 413-733-3800, email or register on-line at