Steel Magnolia and Carter’s Chord are among the performers at tonight’s (12/4) tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Nashville Christmas Parade, where John Rich will serve as grand marshal. The tree lighting ceremony is at 6 p.m., with Rich and Mayor Karl Dean at the Public Square, near the intersection of Second Avenue and Union Street. Fireworks will follow at 7 p.m., and then the parade at 7:15 p.m.
Hosted by Piedmont Natural Gas, the parade starts at 6th and Broadway and continues east to 2nd Avenue before crossing the Woodland Street Bridge to the LP Field. The entire event will be recorded for later broadcast on Nashville TV station, Metro Channel 3.
The parade will cause road closures starting at 4 p.m. Adding to downtown traffic tie-ups tonight will a 5K run, the Gaither Homecoming concert, and regular rush hour.
The 2009 parade theme is “Share the Warmth of the Holidays.” Proceeds benefit Share The Warmth, an energy assistance program that helps those who struggle to pay their home energy bills.