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Metro Throws 50th Birthday Bash

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A large crowd filled the Public Square in downtown Nashville on Saturday to celebrate Metro's 50th birthday. White tents circled the lawn in front of the historic Metro courthouse as people came out to enjoy the great weather and some great live music.

The celebration also included great food and kid's activities. A large cake with Metro's official seal was front and center. Mayor Karl Dean headed up the festivities. 

"This celebration is about something that happened 50 years ago, which was a big deal then, but it's a bigger deal now," said Mayor Dean. "It's been a huge part of our city's success."

Dean went on to say the decision to consolidate Nashville and Davidson County has made the city operate more efficiently and with less duplication than in a lot of places. 

"It's something we should be proud of, protect, and celebrate, which we're doing today."

A familiar face from NewsChannel 5 was also in the crowd. Former long-time anchor Chris Clark helped emcee a portion of the events. Some other well-known faces included Country legend Brenda Lee and former Governor Phil Bredesen, who was also once Mayor of Nashville.

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