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Parade kicks off CMA Music Fest

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 – The CMA Music Fest kicked off Wednesday with the Sixth Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade with Brenda Lee serving as grand marshal.

Rodney Atkins, Gloriana, The Grascals, Lynn Anderson, Katie Armiger, Sherrie Austin, Frankie Ballard, The Band Perry, Bo Bice, Big Kenny, Ash Bowers, Carter Twins, Diana DeGarmo, Whitney Duncan, Edens Edge, Fast Ryde, Brantley Gilbert, Josh Gracin, Buddy Jewell, KingBilly, Jesse Lee, LoCash Cowboys, Lonestar, Danielle Peck, Point of Grace, Marty Raybon, Jordyn Shellhart, Stealing Angels, Pam Tillis, Trent Tomlinson, James Wesley and Chuck Wicks participated.

Also showing up at the parade were a slow of color guards, boy scouts, a bugle corp, cheerleaders and marching bands.

Following the parade, the crowd heard a concert from Joe Nichols, David Nail, Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, Chuck Wicks and Bria Kelly.

The fest kicks off with a full slate of events Thursday through Sunday.

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