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65th Annual

Nashville Christmas Parade

Nashville, Tennessee

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 AM

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Nashville Christmas Parade
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Nashville Christmas Parade Logo The Nashville Christmas Parade has a rich history as one of the region's most prominent holiday parades. In 2016 the event implemented major enhancements and is becoming a top-tier parade with nationwide television coverage. Your marching band is invited to submit an application for this fun and exciting event. The 2018 Nashville Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 1, at 9:00 AM.

The all-new Nashville Christmas Parade includes 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 multiple states. The parade route travels along the scenic "Musical Mile" and is flanked by tens of thousands of enthusiastic spectators anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus. The 1-mile route begins near the Woodland Street Bridge and 1st Avenue North, proceeds down 1st Avenue, continues up Broadway and ends near 8th Avenue just past Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville Christmas Parade Photos In the tradition of Nashville's musical heritage, past grand marshals of the Nashville Christmas Parade have included Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Emmylou Harris, Amy Grant and Charley Pride.

Celebrity musical performers in 2018 include LeAnn Rimes, Ty Herndon, Jamie O'Neil, Diana DeGarmo, Bill Anderson, Mark Schultz, Jason Crabb, Craig Wayne Boyd and more. The marching band lineup includes high school and university marching bands from four states. A celebration of the holidays and music in Music City provides a perfect experience for band students.

The parade will air live in Nashville on WKRN Channel 2 from 9-11 AM and will be rebroadcast on Sunday, December 2, from 12-2 PM. It can also be viewed live online at

The 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.

2018 Participating Bands

• Cane Ridge High School Band, Nashville, Tennessee
• DeSoto Central High School Band, Southaven, Mississippi
• Giles County High School Band, Pulaski, Tennessee
• Hillsboro High School Band, Nashville, Tennessee
• Nashville Pipes and Drums, Nashville, Tennessee
• Pirate Power Band, Pleasant Hope, Missouri
• Point University Marching Band, West Point, Georgia
• Sullivan South High School Band, Kingsport, Tennessee
• Whites Creek High School Band, Whites Creek, Tennessee

Related Events

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

Future Dates

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Saturday, December 5, 2020

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