In 2017, the Festival incorporated a New Orleans’ style second line parade that germinated through Charles Neville’s volunteer work with the Community Music School of Springfield. Charles founded and taught the Brass Band Camp with CMSS faculty. Inspired by their experience with Mr. Neville, the youth cohort continued to meet on a weekly basis and their unwavering enthusiasm blossomed into a year-round program. As part of this year’s festival, the tradition continues in memoriam for Charles Neville – a “Second Line” parade in the truest sense – celebrating his life in high-stepping fashion with boisterous New Orleans music and dancing in the street.
New Orleans native, Henri Smith will officiate as Grand Marshal for the Second Line, leading the Brass Band Camp at the front of the parade. They will be accompanied by the The Berkshire Bateria & Bossa Triba drum and dance ensemble along with a crowd of musicians, families, and the general public.