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Record Crowds Turn Out For New Year's Celebration

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of people turned out downtown Nashville Tuesday night for the biggest "Bash on Broadway" in the event's history.

Organizers said more 85,000 people packed the streets for the fifth annual celebration and to watch the music note drop. Thousands of people were lined up on Broadway from 1st Avenue all the way up past 4th Avenue. 

Officials with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau said this year's event was the biggest and best yet.

The record crowd beat out last year's attendance of 55,000 people in 2012, when wet and cold weather kept some people away.

The highlight was at midnight, when the 15-foot tall music note dropped; more than 20 pounds of confetti rained down on the crowd; and the sky was lit up with a big fireworks show.

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

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

The Ole Miss Rebels took on Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at LP Field. Ole Miss won the game 25 to 17.

City leaders hoped to capitalize on the Music City Bowl by convincing visitors to stay through the New Year. That was the plan for a family from Chicago.

"This is the one bowl game that is easy to drive to in a day, plus there's a whole celebration in town, around it. So we kind of made this our destination," Rose Lajka said.

Downtown streets were filled with people showing off their school colors, wearing crimson and gold.

A large photo frame was constructed and placed at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Broadway so attendees could walk onto the frame and take photos to post on their social media pages.

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