Guest Post — Dec. 9, 2013
Note from Dan: Garnette Bane is a former reporter at The Roanoke Times who now lives in Greenville, S.C.
By Garnette (Helvey) Bane
This morning, I shared my childhood memories of the holidays in Roanoke with my husband. I am guessing that not too many people remember the pomp and circumstance of the Star City’s Christmas parade. The season was welcomed with area high schools’ marching bands, the Drum and Bugle Corps and, obviously, St. Nicholas, himself.
I recall the parade heading west up Church Avenue where my family always had a vantage (and warm) point for viewing. My father worked for the E. I. DuPont Company retail store that was located somewhat adjacent to The Texas Tavern. My parents, along with my brother, Wallace, and I observed the activity from the second floor window. It reminded me of today’s Macy’s parade in New York with the cartoon characters and possibly Disney-themed overhead balloons.
As I described the parade, it came to mind that 60-70 years ago, there had to be power lines along the route – Salem Avenue to First Street, and then, down Campbell (there may still be, as far as I know). I am wondering how parade organizers managed the balloon situation. Read more »