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Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade presented by Tootsie’s happens Saturday, Dec. 3

Nov. 29, 2016, 1:22 PM

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will benefit from proceeds from the upcoming 63rd annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade presented by Tootsie’s.

Kelly Clarkson will serve as grand marshall for the parade.
Kelly Clarkson will serve as grand marshal for the parade.

Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson will serve as Grand Marshal for the downtown parade, which kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade will also feature more than 500 performers including Jo Dee Messina, Gavin DeGraw and Jacob Whitesides.

This year’s parade will use the new route that began in 2015. Participants will start at the intersection of 8th Avenue and Broadway, heading east down Broadway to Second Avenue North, crossing over the Cumberland River and ending at the base of the Woodland Street Bridge.

Tickets for preferred viewing areas are available here, or free viewing spots are also available along the parade route.

The parade will be televised live by WKRN News 2 in Nashville on Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. and will be rebroadcast on Dec. 4 at noon. Additionally, the parade will be syndicated in 185 television markets across the country; check local listings for airdates and times in markets outside of Nashville.

“The Piedmont Natural Gas Christmas Parade has brought joy to children and their families for decades. Now, the event will touch even more lives by benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt,” said the hospital’s CEO, Luke Gregory. “Community partners like Piedmont and Tootsie’s enable our hospital to provide world-class services for children from across Tennessee and around the country. We are grateful to Piedmont, Tootsie’s and all the parade’s other sponsors for their support, which helps further our mission as a place of hope and healing.

“We are also excited that Kelly Clarkson will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal. She is a great friend to Children’s Hospital and a true champion for child health.”

To stay up to date on parade happenings and announcements, visit the Nashville Christmas Parade Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nashvillechristmasparade.

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