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Nashville Cancels Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Christmas Parade and tree lighting has been canceled due to the threat of cold temperature and ice.

The 61st annual event was scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the lighting of Metro's Christmas tree by Mayor Karl Dean in the public square off 3rd Avenue North.

A fireworks show was supposed to kick off the event, followed by the tree lighting and a parade through the streets of downtown.

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets each year for the event. City officials said earlier in the week the parade would go on despite rain, snow or ice. As the impending storm got closer, they reversed course and made the decision to cancel.

There were no plans to reschedule the parade. 

The 2012 parade had 85 participants, 15 marching bands, and 8 giant balloons. It was the largest in Nashville's history.

The Rudolph Red Nose run has been rescheduled to next Friday, December 13 at 6 p.m.

The city of Hopkinsville, Kentucky decided to postpone it's parade to Saturday, December 14 at 10 a.m. The parade will be followed by a host of other events including the city's Christmas tree lighting.

Eagleville in Rutherford County has canceled their Christmas parade. It was scheduled for Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

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