World’s largest pancake breakfast affects downtown Springfield traffic
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As crews begin to prepare for the world’s largest pancake breakfast, traffic in downtown Springfield will begin to be diverted from Friday.
The world’s largest pancake breakfast will be on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., when a long breakfast table will line Main Street between State and Bridge Streets, all the way to Fort Restaurant. A breakfast consisting of pancakes, syrup, bacon, milk, juice, coffee and water will be $ 3 for adults and free for children under 18.
Last year, the pandemic canceled the 2020 edition of the world’s largest pancake breakfast. It’s usually a May event, but the Spirit of Springfield has negotiated with the health department to hold it now, just before the start of the school year.
âThe pancake breakfast had always been held in May to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the city, May 14, 1636. So we always had it in May, but we were lucky to have this date to produce it, âsaid the president of Spirit of Springfield. Judy Matt.
She said attendance at the July 4th celebration at Star-Spangled Springfield was perhaps the largest on record, so this event is expected to see record crowds as well.
At 10 a.m. on Friday, barricades were placed at the intersections of Main Street with Bridge Street and State Street. Traffic will be permitted to cross Main Street from Boland Way to Harrison Avenue, and Court Street to Bruce Landon Way, until Saturday at 4 a.m.
There will be three large tents along the street, but COVID precautions will be taken. âThe table is 1,500 feet, so there is plenty of room to spread out. Just to let you know that we are in constant conversation with the health department. It’s up to everyone to make their own decision, âsaid Matt.
There will be hand sanitizing stations and individual utensils will be given to you. Masks will not be mandatory, but they will be highly recommended for unvaccinated people. The hope is that they choose to be vaccinated there.
âA twist this year, we added a vaccination site with Health New England and Baystate Medical Center. Children 12 and older and adults can have breakfast and a vaccine at the same time, âsaid Paul Picknelly, president of Monarch Enterprises.
Baystate Health will administer the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in front of Monarch Place. Anyone who gets vaccinated will receive a gift bag, including two tickets to Six Flags New England. In Court Square, the Caring Health Center will offer Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Recipients will receive a $ 25 gift card to Big Y, Stop & Shop or Walgreens.