Memories of childhood parades

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Memories of childhood parades

Dear Editor:

Does Glendive have a parade where schools of other towns are invited to send their band? I was born in Glendive April 13,1935, we lived in a house on Power St. that was called the CYAHALL. My Mother took me down town when I was about 5 years old to see the parade and I was taken by what I called “the baton girls.” I then asked my Mother to wash my knees so they would be white like the girls in the parade, it was very important to me. In 1940 we moved to Miles City for a brief time then on to Portland, Oregon so my Dad could weld on the war ships and teach welding. At the wars end we moved back to Montana. Plevna had a marching band and I became a “baton girl” and we were invited to march in a parade in Glendive.

How exciting for me to be in the same parade I had seen my “baton girls” in.

My Question, do you still have a parade that invites other towns to send their band to be part of it. There must be a reason I am asking.....that being my sister and I are going to be driving to our Montana and visit our home town Glendive as well as others and if in fact there is still a parade of marching bands and “baton girls” how wonderful it would be it our visit was at the same time.

Looking forward to our Montana Time in 2020.

Anna (Spisla) Donner

Portland, Oregon