The Nashville Christmas Parade has been canceled for Friday night due to the threat of icy conditions and it will not be rescheduled.
Piedmont Natural Gas, which puts on the parade each year, made the decision to cancel the parade just before 11 a.m. after consulting with the mayor's office, Metro police and Metro Emergency Management officials. The parade was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Piedmont Natural Gas spokesman David Trusty told News 2 “Really for the safety of all those coming, those that are working and volunteering, the firemen and policemen who are involved in that it really was the best decision” said Trusty. “Unfortunate, but the wisest decision we could make.”
The lighting of the Christmas tree at Public Square Park will take place at 4:30 p.m. although there will be no ceremony as previously planned.
Traditionally, a tree lighting ceremony is held as a kickoff to the Christmas parade.
Rudolph's Red Nose Run, originally scheduled for Friday, will not be held next Friday, December 13.
Forecasted freezing rain and sleet is expected to start in Nashville later on Friday afternoon.
Check the latest forecast and radar conditions at wkrn.com/weather.
Friday would've been the 61st annual Christmas parade. Read more about the annual event here.
Piedmont Natural Gas, which puts on the parade each year, said the logistics involved in organizing and producing the parade make it impractical to reschedule it.
In a statement, the utility said, “We hate to cancel the parade but we do not want to place anyone in possible winter weather conditions or situations that could be dangerous for them and others.”