This Friday Nashville holds it’s 61st Annual Christmas Parade. The first parade was held on November 28, 1927 and has been something residents and visitors look forward to ever since. Gather your friends and family, grab your mittens, blankets and hot chocolate, and come on out this Friday to observe a fantastic display. The parade begins at 7pm.
Each year the parade boasts a different theme and Grand Marshall. Many stars, including Vince Gill, John Rich, Conway Twitty, Amy Grant, and Charlie Daniels have worn the proud title of Grand Marshall. This year’s Grand Marshall is Eric Close, popularly known as Mayor Teddy Conrad on ABC’s show “Nashville”. “Sharing the Warmth” is this year’s theme. The leading sponsor, Piedmont Natural Gas, created a program called Share the Warmth in order to assist low-income households with their energy bills. Entry fees from each float will go towards the program.
Over the years, the course of the parade has changed. The parade initially started and ended at Haymarket on South Second Street. It then moved to Church Street in the 1940s and in 1958 was rerouted to Broadway where it remains today.
This is an event for people of every age. If you have young ones who are anxiously awaiting Santa Claus to climb down the chimney bearing gifts, you can print out a blank Letter to Santa for them to fill out here. Watch for Elves who will be gathering these letters throughout the parade.
If you attend the parade, be sure to stick around for the fireworks afterwards. A large crowd is expected, so planning to stay late will help you avoid traffic. Downtown Nashville is a delightful place to spend the evening, as you may choose to dine at one of the restaurants or experience some live music following the parade. Dress warm, stay late and enjoy the season in Downtown Nashville.