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Thousands pack downtown Nashville for New Year's party

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Despite intermittent rain, more than 50,000 revelers packed downtown Nashville to ring in the New Year at the annual Bash on Broadway.

Grammy-nominated alternative rock band The Fray offered a free concert to conclude the festivities, and a giant music note dropped to mark the final seconds before midnight.

Hours after a record-breaking turnout, the cleanup and planning for the next big event was already under way Tuesday.

"We have a team of folks coming in, taking the trash out. We work in conjunction with Public Works. We have our tent company coming in and moving tents. All of the production vendors are moving their sound and lights out," said David Spencer, with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

More than 250 workers began the cleanup soon after the party ended, and that included sweeping about 50 pounds of confetti off the street.

Spencer said, once the festivities are over, the goal is to make sure the aftermath doesn't turn any visitors away.

"We want them to remember last night and not come out and see trash and see what's left over from the event," Spencer said.

Visitor Suzanne Gentry got out early on New Year's Day to take pictures of what was left of the party, but what she found was not what she expected.

"I was actually was a little disappointed, photography-wise. I thought I'd get some fun photos of, you know, party hats and tweeters and things like that. And it's very clean down here," Gentry said.

After the cleanup ends, organizers said their attention turns to another big party on Broadway: the annual Fourth of July celebration.

The Davidson County Sheriff's Office Sober Ride program provided 609 free, safe rides home from downtown. Organizers said more than 100 sheriff's office volunteers help make that program a success.

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