A Guest Post
I would like to bring some concerns to you concerning the Christmas Parade. I, as well as I know many of my friends, have long said about Roanoke, if you have seen one parade in Roanoke you have seen every parade in Roanoke.
This is because the only thing that changes are the name and theme of the parade and its color associated with it. I think Roanoke downtown Christmas celebrations are wonderful and stated that in an article in The Roanoke Times after one of the weekend events. We did think this Christmas Parade was more colorful, with more decorated vehicles and a real welcome of a few more nicer floats. They are what make a parade a parade.
Oh and come on, a porta pottie truck? Enough with the free advertisements. This has no place in a Christmas parade.
We think the parade runs too long. I don’t believe it ended till 9 or after. There are some serious annoyances that would be a real pleasure to see cut out in the future and I’m sure hundreds would not miss their noisy participation. I am of course referring to all the groups of motorcycles and their obscene, abusive, ear damaging revving and gunning their engines. It is startling, frightening, offensive, and simply unnerving.
Talk about shooting the Christmas spirit and mood right out of your body. I see it in the older folks like me and in kids having to cover their ears and parents covering their kids’ ears. This outrageous excessive decibel level of noise is potential damaging to infants and young children and certainly does not help us older folks already starting to have hearing problems.
Some of the motor bike are quite dazzling with the lights and the way they are decorated — one or two groups of them are enough and you should ban them from this insane gunning of the engines with the punishment if they do it they will not be allowed to participate in the future.
I also observed some maneuvers of a few of the bikers that was a perfect setup for a real disaster, that while gunning their engines they turned in toward the crowd along the curb and side walk. One slip of the brake and those bikes would be soaring over children into the crowd. My heart literally fell to my feet when I saw this happening, visualizing the catastrophic disaster could have befallen the crowd. Imagine the liability and lawsuits, certainly the drivers would not have millions to pay out, if they have any insurance at all?
You and the city should give serious thought to such possible consequence if these actions are not stopped.
This same extreme problem exists with two many of the car clubs in trying to show off their testosterone with needless engine gunning. Likewise, this needs to be banned and has NO place in a Christmas Parade. We want to hear the Christmas music filling the air from all its sources, we want to smell the Christmas greens and the chestnuts roasting over an open fire, not be fixated from all this excessive exhaust fumes that fill the corridors of downtown Roanoke.
PLEASE, PLEASE, make next year one that people can come to and enjoy as a real enjoyable event without shocking and gassing anything enjoyable of the season out of our soul and body.
I know you and everyone involved works hard on this, one of Roanoke’s greatest seasonal events, and making the corrections for the reasons I’ve stated will really make it a top notch event to attend. Thanking DRI and the City for all you do.