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Christmas Parade again rallies support for Children’s Hospital

Dec. 6, 2018, 10:02 AM

Santa waves to the crowd as the giant gingerbread house float makes its way down Broadway during the 65th Annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade presented by Tootsie’s on Saturday, Dec. 1. (photo by Susan Urmy)

by Paige Turner

The 65th Annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade, presented by Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, kicked off the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 1, in downtown Nashville. Again, this year, the parade supported Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and its programs.

The favorite holiday tradition included a record number of celebrities, marching bands, floats and large balloons filling the streets of Music City with holiday festivity.In addition to WKRN-TV live coverage, the Nashville Christmas Parade will go national again this year.

Timeless Syndication will make the parade available for broadcast on TV stations and other outlets across the country for airing through the holiday season and into January 2019.

Last year’s parade recently received two nominations for the 33rd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards. Parade producers John Best, Pamela Bolling, Julie Carell Stadler and Sarah Griffith of Tennessee Holiday Productions received a nomination for best special event coverage, and Best received a nomination for best director/program.

“The team at Tennessee Holiday Productions led by John Best and Pamela Bolling brings the highest level of excellence and creativity to the Nashville Christmas Parade every year,” said Stadler, co-executive producer with Tennessee Holiday Productions and CEO of Nashville’s Skyway Studios and Dance Network. “We are excited and honored to be nominated again this year because of all the hard work this amazing team does year in and year out to make this parade the success it is. I cannot express how appreciative we all are for their outstanding work.”

In addition to the parade, ‘Jingle All the Broadway,’ a new initiative with various establishments on Broadway in downtown Nashville, is also giving back to Children’s Hospital this holiday season.

Participating locations will engage in a give-back campaign to Children’s Hospital from now until Dec. 25. Learn more at

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