The Roanoke Christmas Parade of old is now called Haley Toyota's City of Roanoke Christmas Parade. It is all part of the SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas, which was once just the Dickens of a Christmas. Dickens, of course, being Charles Dickens, but, hey, who can say "no" to a bank. Or a car dealer that sells Japanese cars. In Japan, Shinto and Buddhism are the major religions.
The parade was held last night in downtown Roanoke without major incidents of violence.