This Year’s Nashville Christmas Parade Goes Virtual, Adds Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Louis York, for King & Country And More

The 93rd annual Nashville Christmas Parade is going virtual this year due to the pandemic and will be aired on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. on News Channel 2.

CeCe Winans, Danielle Bradbery, for KING & COUNTRY, Jimmie Allen, Louis York and The Shindellas, Oak Ridge Boys, Lauren Alaina, Melinda Doolittle, Mitchell Tenpenny, the Nashville Children’s Theatre, Sandi Patty, Shy Carter, Benita Washington and Runaway June, who will be introduced by Radio Disney Country special correspondent Lindsay Ell, will all perform during the one-hour virtual program. Dolly Parton will also offer a special holiday greeting during the parade program.

In addition to these star-studded appearances, viewers will enjoy historic highlights from previous parades and touching patient stories from the children of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, including that of this year’s Child Ambassador Grace Hamilton, a 12-year-old cancer survivor who battled high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was just 5 years old. There will also be memorable moments from local marching bands and a virtual marching band performance from the Golden Rams Marching Band from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

“We are so glad that we were able to discover a safe way to continue the tradition of the Nashville Christmas Parade this year,” said Julie Carell Stadler, parade co-producer and daughter of the late Monroe J. Carell Jr. and Ann Scott Carell. The parade has brought joy to children and their families for decades and touches even more lives by benefiting Children’s Hospital. It really is the kickoff to the holiday season for locals and visitors to Nashville, and I think people will be really pleased with how we are making it happen this year.”

The Nashville Christmas Parade debuted in 1927 and has been an annual tradition every year, except during the war years. The parade is produced annually in support of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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