Later that evening the city held a military-style ball on North A Street between 8th and 9th Streets.
One of the striking floats in the parade was the “tank” that was constructed by the Window Display Department of the Starr Piano Company. The Palladium claimed that Major Oesterreich said it was an “exact duplicate of the ones in use on the battlefields of Europe.” In appearance, no doubt, and not in armament. The Item quipped that perhaps the piano company was trying to get orders for real tanks.
The Starr Piano Company never produced tanks in its factory, but having a staff of skilled woodworkers, it did produce wooden propellers for Army airplanes. One of these can be seen today in the Wayne County Historical Museum.