Springfield Memorial Day Parade to return this year

The annual Springfield Memorial Day Parade is set to take place this year after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The parade is planned for May 31.

“We’re planning this year’s just like always. We’ve been planning since March,” Parade Master Jon Stewart said. “We started getting registration out in February, so we’re just waiting on people to register. There’s always a large crowd, it’s always well-attended, so we’re looking forward to that.”

In accordance with safety precautions, registration for participation is being done electronically through a form posted on the parade’s Facebook page.

“I just hope there’s a good turnout,” Stewart said. “We usually have around 100 groups participate, so we’re hoping for the same or more. I’m excited, even though it’s going to be different.”

This year brings personal changes for the Stewart family.

“My dad, who started the event originally in the early 2000s, passed away only three weeks ago, so this will be my first time truly running the show on my own,” Stewart said.

For the latest updates and more information about the event, follow the Springfield Memorial Day Parade on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldOHMemorialDayParade.

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