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Lackluster Lighting of Nashville's Christmas Tree, City Cancels Parade this Holiday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Coverage of the Midsouth winter storm continues with a high profile cancellation. The city of Nashville pulled the plug on its annual Christmas parade tonight for fear of bad weather, but it didn't cancel all of the city's holiday festivities. The tree lighting is usually part of the Christmas parade. The Mayor generally hits the switch, lights the tree on public square and kicks off the parade. This year the Mayor hit the switch same as always, but he didn't have much of an audience. When the lights on the city's official Christmas tree came on tonight, only a handful of people, most of them Metro employees, were there to see it. Fear of icy roads sent thousands of people home early tonight and caused the city to cancel the parade. Mayor Dean says he was guided by concern for public safety and he wasn't the only one who was worried. Piedmont Natural Gas, which sponsored the parade, issued a statement saying the Nashville parade would not be rescheduled because of the logistics of planning such a large event.

If you don't mind the cold, you can get your Christmas parade fix tomorrow. The city of Goodlettsville says its parade will go off as planned tomorrow morning at 11am. The parade will go on tomorrow in Cadiz, Kentucky as well.

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