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This year's festival presented by Blues to Green is excited to partner with Springfield Museums to curate exciting pre-event activities featuring free admission to the Wood Museum of Springfield History, family-friendly art activities, engaging workshops, and a high-energy parade led by the effervescent grand marshall Henri Smith and the samba sounds of the Berkshire Bateria.
The Second Line Parade leaves the museum at 12:30 pm and is led by grand marshall Henri Smith & New Orleans Friends and Flavours. We are making our own hybrid of a parade that we are calling Samba meets Second Line thanks to the participation of Berkshire Bateria.
Also, marching will be the Expandable Brass Band and they will be joined by faculty and student musicians from the Community Music School of Springfield.
Everyone is welcome to march in the parade down to the stage of our kick-off festival performance!
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