While Nashville has become one of the most popular places in the country for bachelorette parties, two tour companies said the groups are not welcome on their buses.
NashTrash Tourshas been providing a "rowdy, very risqué, one-of-a-kind musical-comedy extravaganza" to visitors and tourists for 20 years. The bright pink buses can be seen throughout the downtown area.
The company made the change in policy after operators had several issues with bachelorette parties getting too rowdy and disruptive.
“There was one incidence where a group was making obscene gestures and swearing,” said Beth Thorneycroft, Business Manager for NashTrash Tours. “It was so distracting, the rest of the customers couldn’t enjoy the show.”
The Music City Rollin’ Jamboree Bus Tour has been entertaining visitors with a sightseeing tour that includes comedy and live music for the last 5 years.
The company also restricted bachelorette parties from boarding buses for the same reasons.
“We’re an actual comedy show,” said Jenny Duke, with Music City Rollin’ Jamboree Bus Tour. “We have to have everyone’s participation. We can’t do that when we have several people talking amongst themselves and passing drinks around.”
Both the NashTrash Tours and Music City Rollin’ Jamboree Bus Tour allow alcohol on board, but officials said they don’t want things to get out of control.
“I don’t think we are what they are looking for,” said Jessie McNamara, with Music City Rollin’ Jamboree Bus Tour. “If they want a party bus, that isn’t what this is.”
Both companies said the decision to make the change has been met with positive feedback, and has not negatively impacted business.
“When we put the rule on our website, there were several visitors who said ‘I am happy you’ve done that,’” said Thorneycroft.
Both companies clearly state the rules online, and Music City Rollin’ Jamboree Bus Tour also places a sign outside the buses. Bachelor parties are still allowed.
Both companies often point bachelorette parties to Pedal Taverns and other options in downtown.
NashTrash Tours is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.