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CMA Music Festival Kicks Off With Parade, Block Party

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Vicki Yates and Amy Watson wave to the crowds. Vicki Yates and Amy Watson wave to the crowds.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite the wet weather, hundreds of country music fans lined the streets of downtown Nashville Wednesday for the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade and Block Party. 

Kix Brooks served as grand marshal for the 9th annual parade which moved down Broadway and ended on 1st Avenue. NewsChannel 5 anchors Vicki Yates and Amy Watson rode down the street in style under an umbrella as they waved to the crowds.

Mountain Man from A&E's hit show "Duck Dynasty" also took part in the parade. He graduated from Portland High School in 1975.

After the parade, fans gathered at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage for the 8th Annual CMA Music Festival Block Party. The Henningsens, Brazilbilly, The Lacs, The Cadillac Three, and headliner Joe Diffie performed.

"We were here for the first time last year and we love it so much, we purchased our ticket for this year, last year while we were here," said Shawn Johnson from Florida.

Many visitors spoke highly of the new convention center, Music City Center, where many events are being held.

All registered guests are able to visit Fan Fair X at Music City Center for free, but for anyone not registered, there is a $10 fee per day for anyone under the age of 12. Multiple day tickets are available for $25.

CMA Music Festival Road Closures

Other events Wednesday included the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena, as well as Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium.

The CMA Music Festival begins Thursday with free concerts across downtown Nashville ahead of the sold-out nightly shows at LP Field. It runs until Sunday.

For more information, go to CMA Music Festival 2013.

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