The Holidays in Downtown Roanoke! The Roanoke Christmas Parade took place last Friday night as part of the 29th annual Dickens of a Christmas. The parade enjoyed the largest turnout in recent history with over 95 entries making their way down the route that ran from the intersection of Albemarle Ave. and Franklin Rd. to the corner of Campbell Ave. and Williamson Rd. DRI President Sean Luther was thrilled with the record turnout saying, “This is what happens when it’s not 20 degrees and blowing!” in reference to the weather experienced in recent years. Above, members of the VA Highlands Pipe and Drum Corps sport their Christmas best.
The annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration in downtown Roanoke kicked off on the first of three Friday nights in December. Strolling Christmas carolers, kids games, an appearance by Santa Claus, street vendors, a live Nativity scene and horse drawn carriage rides followed a tree lighting ceremony, which came complete with handbells and Roanoke mayor David Bowers. Elsewhere actors played out scenes from A Christmas Carol. Downtown Roanoke Inc. created Dickens of a Christmas in part to attract visitors to the holiday shopping options in the heart of Roanoke. “Dickens” concludes this Friday, December 16, when Market Street will be filled with tons of trucked in snow for a true Christmas feel.By Gene Marrano