Reminder Assistant Editor
AGAWAM The lights of Agawam will shine brighter this week when Six Flags New England's Glow in the Park Parade kicks off on July 3.
The parade is the park's newest attraction for people of all ages, fully equipped with approximately 40 glowing park personnel, including stilt jumpers, puppeteers, rollerbladers, dancers, singers, drummers and more.
"This is completely unique to New England," Melissa Pinkerton, public relations manager for Six Flags New England, said. "The attention to detail is first class."
The parade was created by Gary Goddard of Garry Goddard Entertainment, the mastermind behind such rides as the "Amazing Adventures of Superman" and "Jurassic Park River Adventure" at Universal Theme Parks.
The parade will feature six different floats including some of the park's most popular characters, such as Batman, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, The Wiggles, Scooby Doo and Wonder Woman who will participate in a 15-minute procession meticulously choreographed and musically synced by GPS.
Project Director Phil Rahn of Gary Goddard Entertainment explained that each of the floats operate independently of one another, powered solely by batteries. He added that each performer is also lit by battery power into colorful shades of the rainbow. Rahn said more than 50 batteries must be recharged after each parade.
He noted that each of the floats have their own music composed by Benoit Jutras of Cirque du Soleil.
"This is so different from anything we've done before," Peter Shannon, entertainment manager for Six Flags New England, said.
He noted that in the event of rain the parade will be cancelled.
Pinkerton said the parade will run through Labor Day.