The Nashville Christmas Parade has a rich history as one of the region's most prominent holiday parades. But in 2016 the parade is set to "go national" with major enhancements and nationwide television coverage.
Your marching band is invited to submit an application for possible participation in this fun and exciting event. The 2016 Nashville Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 3, at 9:00 AM.
The "all-new" Nashville Christmas Parade will include celebrity performances, elaborate floats built by the Kern Company in New Orleans, helium balloons, mass performing groups featuring singers, dancers and choirs; and marching bands from across the nation.
The 1-mile parade route travels down the scenic "Musical Mile" and is flanked by hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic spectators anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus. The route begins at 7th Avenue, proceeds down Broadway, up 2nd Avenue and ends at the base of the Woodland Street Bridge.
The 2016 grand marshal is Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson. In the tradition of Nashville's musical heritage, past grand marshals of the Nashville Christmas Parade have included Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood,
Emmylou Harris, Amy Grant and Charley Pride. A celebration of the holidays and country music in Music City provides a perfect experience for band students.
The 2016 Nashville Christmas Parade is produced by Piedmont Natural Gas in association with JM Best Entertainment Inc. benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Bands traveling to Music City for the Nashville Christmas Parade can take advantage of educational opportunities at musical and historic sites including:
- The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, RCA Studio B and Country Music Hall of Fame
- The Hermitage and Belle Meade Plantation
- The Parthenon and Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Email: Todd Marcocci
, Associate Producer
If you're interested in entering your band in the Nashville Christmas Parade,
please request an application from Todd Marcocci at the contact info above.