Redskins march in Nashville, Franklin Christmas parades

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The Oneonta Redskin Marching Band kicked off the holiday season in the Volunteer State over the weekend marching in both the Nashville and Franklin annual Christmas parades.

More than 100,000 people lined the streets of downtown Nashville for the 66th annual parade. The Redskin Band was one of 15 high school and college bands invited to attend. That parade stepped off at 8:30 a.m.

From there, the group headed south to Franklin where they were the featured band in the Kiwanis Club’s annual parade, which stepped off at 2 p.m. The band marched through the streets of historic downtown Franklin playing Christmas in Dixie and were greeted with cheers and applause as they ushered in Santa and Mrs. Claus. They were also voted as best band in the parade.

“We didn’t know they were giving awards, but they did,” said director David Bearden. “Against 12 other bands from three states (one was a college band), and we won. What an honor! I’m so proud of our kids.”

The Redskin Marching Band will join other Blount County school bands for Blount County’s annual Christmas parade, which steps off at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.