The CAAASC announced that Paulette Henderson, Funeral Director for Henderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, as the Grand Marshal Carnival Parade. Mrs. Henderson was presented the Grand Marshal sash by Valbert Johnson, Chairman of the Springfield Carnival Association.
Mayor Sarno states, “I want to thank both CAAASC President Gloria Scarlett and Springfield Carnival Association Chairman Valbert Johnson and their respective teams for continuing to hold this wonderful tradition; the costumes, music and food are terrific and a must see. I know that Vera O’Connor is smiling down upon us from heaven. Congratulations to Mrs. Paulette Henderson for being honored as the Grand Marshal for the Carnival Parade. My administration is proud to support the Springfield Carnival Association’s mission to enhance and promote cultural and educational activities in Springfield and surround communities. I have proudly donated to support the Springfield Caribbean Carnival Associations Scholarship program that helps high school seniors of Caribbean heritage who are pursing higher education. Today and every day, the city of Springfield is proud to acknowledge and recognize the Springfield Carnival Association and the Caribbean American African Athletics Social Club as we come together to celebrate Caribbean Heritage.”
Mayor Sarno will march in the Caribbean parade on Saturday, August 20, 2022. The parade will kickoff at Rebecca Johnson and make it's way to Blunt Park.