Kelly Clarkson Named As Christmas Parade Grand Marshal

Posted at 4:12 PM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 17:52:49-04

Piedmont Natural Gas officials along with special guest, Santa Claus, announced the 2016 Christmas Parade theme, date, and Grand Marshal - Kelly Clarkson.

The parade was set for Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Grammy Award winning artist Kelly Clarkson was chosen to serve as Grand Marshal for the 63rd annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade presented by Tootsie's.

"I love our city of Nashville and couldn't be more proud to be the Grand Marshal for this year's Christmas Parade," Clarkson stated in a release. "See y'all there!"

"Piedmont Natural Gas is thrilled to have Kelly Clarkson, the nation's first American Idol, to be our Nashville Christmas Parade Grand Marshal this year," said Stephen Francescon, community relations manager for Piedmont Natural Gas.

For the first time, some of the proceeds from this year's event will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt along with the Share the Warmth program.

Share the Warmth is Piedmont's energy assistance program that helps local low-income families pay their energy bills at any point during the year, regardless of their energy source.