NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The 6th annual New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway saw the biggest crowd in the event’s history.
According to Metro officials, 127,000 people converged on downtown Nashville Wednesday night to ring in the year.
Nashville was also the featured Central Time Zone city for Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve broadcast.
Gavin DeGraw kicked off the night with a live performance, followed by local rock group The Apache Relay and electric guitar phenom Kristen Capolino. Lady Antebellum headlined the performances.
The countdown to 2015 began at 6:30 p.m. with the raising of a 15-foot tall music note that dropped at Midnight.
Once the note fell, it triggered an elaborate fireworks display that could be seen across the city.
Extra-duty officers were present in the downtown area from 6:30 a.m. Wednesday through sunrise on New Year’s Day. They worked to disperse motorists as quickly as possible following the celebration.
Some in the Bash on Broadway crowd were back on downtown streets by late morning promising to be back next year.
“Nice crowd, nice people.” said one young woman from Atlanta, who was pausing by the stage with her sisters. “It was cold but wall-to-wall here earlier.”
One young man and his girlfriend from Washington DC said they stopped downtown after hearing Nashville was a promising New Year’s destination.
“We like the music and atmosphere, plus we got a good deal on boots this morning,” the two told News 2.
By Noon Thursday, an army of cleanup crews had picked up much of what was left behind after the celebration, which included 145 Port-A-Potties that had been brought in New Year’s Eve.