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Nashville Ready For The New Year's Eve 'Bash On Broadway'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of revelers will ring in the New Year in downtown Nashville Tuesday night.

Finals preparations for Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway are under way. Nearly 75,000 people are expected to attend the event.

Lower Broadway opened at noon Tuesday. Live music started at 6:30 p.m. with six acts performing, including headliner Hank Williams Jr. with special appearance by Robert Randolph.

"We have great music great lineup," said Denna Ivey from the Convention and Visitors Corporation. "We're going to raise the note at 7 o'clock if any of the families want to come out and see us raise the note with fireworks. We'll follow that with 5 more bands."

The Music Note will drop at midnight, with confetti falling over the crowd. The note itself is 15 feet tall, and covered with more than 150 feet of LED lights.

Many in the crowd Tuesday night were already in town for the Music City Bowl, which played on Monday at LP Field.

A group of fans from Georgia ventured out early on Tuesday to see where they will celebrate New Year's Eve.

"It's been awesome, more than we ever dreamed. We're from small towns, well I'm from a small town. So this is like country bumpkins meet the big city," said Ashley Taylor.

Attendees will notice some changes at the event site on Broadway. The center of the roadway will be blocked off to pedestrians.

"Something we're doing a little different to make sure we keep everyone safe, and we keep our emergency services from being able to go from end to end of the site," said David Spencer with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

The CVC has also built a large photo frame at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Broadway. Attendees can walk onto the frame and take photos.

"It's a great opportunity for folks to come down and have a photo op, be in there and have in the backdrop the stage and the music note, and take home that special keepsake," Spencer said.

Once again everyone will witness fireworks, up and down Broadway. Pyrotechnics will actually count down the last few seconds of 2013.

"So we do 10, 9, 8, 7, they waltz right down the street, and then at midnight, when we're shooting off the tower, they also race up and down the buildings," Lansden Hill from Pyro Shows explained.

If you plan on traveling downtown for the 'Bash on Broadway', you can park at Music City Center and LP Field for $5.

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