Kid Rock’s invitation to be the grand marshal of Nashville’s annual Christmas Parade was revoked Friday afternoon.

The musician’s comments on Fox & Friends on Friday morning had some, including Nashville Mayor David Briley, questioning whether he should be the face of this year’s event. 

While waiting to see if he would remain in the role, The Tennessean put together a short list of other possible grand marshals for 2018, in no particular order.

One of the newsroom’s picks was tapped by parade organizers Friday afternoon.

James Shaw Jr. 

The “Waffle House Shooting Hero” James Shaw Jr. left his mark on Nashville this year. Shaw, 29, has taken a moment of horror and tragedy and turned it into movement for helping others, creating a foundation to help address gun violence and mental health. 

Shaw was invited by parade organizers to be the Grand Marshal after this list was originally published. 

Demetria Kalodimos

Longtime former Channel 4 anchor Demetria Kalodimos could continue making headlines this week if she was chosen to be this year’s Christmas parade grand marshal. 

Carrie Underwood

America’s country sweetheart Carrie Underwood, fresh off the CMA Awards hosting stage, would be following in the footsteps of husband Mike Fisher, who led the parade in 2017. The year before, singer Kelly Clarkson had the honor. 

Jack White


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Whatever project he is currently working on, musician Jack White calls Nashville home. He has, in past years, been seen participating in neighborhood potlucks. 

PK Subban

Nashville Predators defenseman PK Subban regularly works with children’s hospitals, and his PK Subban Foundation is committed to financially assisting vulnerable families devastated by a child’s illness. 

Marcus Mariota

Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota’s Motiv8 Foundation aims to create and support economic and educational programs and athletic activities to provide an alternative outlet for youth of troubled neighborhoods and backgrounds, right here in Middle Tennessee. 

Reese Witherspoon

Actress Reese Witherspoon’s Nashville presence has only grown in recent years as she opened her Draper James store and included TPAC on her “Whiskey in a Teacup” promotional tour. 

Nicole Kidman and/or Keith Urban

Power couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban recently sold their Franklin home, but still own property in Nashville, possibly signaling their commitment to the city and willingness to lead this, or any future, Christmas parades.

Doug the Pug

He’s a pug, his name is Doug, he has 3.6 million Instagram followers, and he calls Nashville home. He might be a little hard to see on the lead float, but his social media team would be sure to livestream his moment in the spotlight. 

Gnash, T-Rac or Booster (or all of the above)

Nashville’s love of its sports teams runs deep, and the anthropomorphized representations of those teams would be a bright start to the parade. It is, after all, designed to benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and kids love mascots. Gnash from the Predators, T-Rac from the Titans and Booster from the Sounds could all hang out and swap mascot stories. 

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2017 Share the Warmth Mike Fisher
2016 Share the Warmth Kelly Clarkson
2015 Miracle on Broadway Jana Kramer
2014 Share the Warmth Eric Close
2013* Share the Warmth Eric Close (Parade cancelled)
2012 A Christmas Salute Goodlettsville Little League Team
2011 Christmas Around the World Vince Gill
2010 Home for the Holidays Gerry House
2009 Share the Warmth of the Holidays John Rich
2008 Christmas Memories Phil Stacey
2007 Holiday Showcase Steve Wariner
2006 A Magical Blasé of Christmas Past Lorrie Morgan
2005 Musical Notes & Holiday Floats Josh Turner
2004 Winter Nights & Magical Lights Phil Vassar
2003 Celebrating The Spirit of Christmas Del McCoury
2002 Celebrating Golden Memories Lonestar
2001 Singing in the Season Dayna Curry
2000 Celebrating the Magic of the Millennium Charley Pride
1999 Celebrating the Magic of the Millennium Deana Carter
1998 Sporting the Christmas Spirit Bryan White
1997 Celebrating the Joy of Giving Joe Diffie
1996 Star Spangled Christmas Lee Greenwood
1995 Christmas Toys for Girls and Boys Amy Grant/Gary Chapman
1994 Magic Music of Christmas Patty Loveless
1993 Toy Trains & Candy Canes Marty Stuart
1992 Toy Trains & Candy Canes Emmylou Harris
1991 Christmas Lights, Winter Nights Porter Wagoner
1990 Grand Ole Christmas Jerry Clower
1989 Merry Christmas Nashville Riders in the Sky
1988 Songs of the Season Ricky Skaggs/Sharon White
1987 A Christmas Fantasy Crystal Gayle
1986 A Tennessee Christmas The Forrester Sisters
1985 Christmas Homecoming Alex Haley
1984 Christmas Memories Conway Twitty
1983 Merrie Melodies of Christmas Tom T. Hall
1982 Christmas Is Caring Hank Snow
1981 A Magical Christmas Rex Allen, Jr.
1980 A Centennial Christmas 200 Residents from Nashville
1979 A Child’s Christmas Charlie Daniels
1978 Grand Ole Christmas Wilma Rudolph
1977 Christmas Is… Dottie West
1976 Silver Anniversary – 25 Years Kitty Wells
1975 Once Upon A Christmas Jerry Reed
1974 Make A Joyful Noise – The Songs of Christmas Roy Acuff
1973   Jeannie C. Riley
1972   Brenda Lee
1971   Archie Campbell
1968 Old & New Stories for Children  
1967 The Wonderful World of Dr. D. O. Little  
1966 When The World Was Young  
1965 Storybook Parade  
1964 Toyland Parade  
1963 Storybook Parade  
1962 Toyland Parade  
1961 Fairy Tales  
1960 T’was The Night Before Christmas  
1959 Christmas Joys & Circus Toys  
1958 Christmas Around The World  
1957 Storybook Land  
1956 Fairy Tales  
1955 Four Happiest Days of a Child’s Year – Easter, Birthday, Circus Day and Christmas  
1954 Parade of the Sea  
1952 The Magic Spell of Christmas Chas. Andrews (NPC)


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