Your daily Letter to the Editor — Feb. 17, 2013
I am happy to see that Roanoke’s fastest-growing parade and celebration [St. Patrick's Day] will begin its slow death this year.
It makes perfect sense to take a beloved event and broaden its appeal by offering pop, rock, country and rap groups, while cutting back on Celtic music.
Having one of the top Celtic bands play at another location while the parade is going on speaks volumes about Downtown Roanoke Inc.’s ability to run anything. Someone with a little common sense would think it is a better plan to have this band play both in the parade and later, in a prime-time stage slot.
If Mayor David Bowers and city council care about Roanoke, they need to get this celebration away from this organization ASAP.
What really bothers me about DRI’s attempt to offer something for everyone is the fact that we have the same event it is trying to force on us nine weeks later, under the name Festival in the Park.
Note from Dan: Let’s brainstorm other ways Downtown Roanoke could “improve” the other things it manages!
For example, we could have carolers singing tunes from “Fiddler on the Roof” during Dickens of a Christmas. And we could require that City Market vendors sell only processed food.
Let it rip, folks. I might steal your best stuff for a future column!