Metro government celebrates 50th birthday - WKRN News 2

Metro government celebrates 50th birthday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Metro government turned 50 on Monday and is hosting a free, citywide birthday party to celebrate.

The celebration, called Metro@50, is for the anniversary of the implementation of a consolidated Metro government.

The event will be held at the Public Court House Square on April 6th.

According to the National League of Cities, there are only 14 city-county consolidations in the United States.

Consolidation is described as a merger of both the city and county's government and services, thereby creating a new government all together as opposed to one taking over the other.

The celebration is lead by three co-chairs: John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center and former editor and publisher of The Tennessean; George Cate, Metro's first vice mayor; and Senator Thelma Harper.

The event will include a wide range of activities and exhibits for people of all ages.

There will be musical performances from historic and contemporary artists, including Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Nashville Symphony Ensemble, Rebecca Lynn Howard and many more.

There will be exhibits on the history of Nashville over the past 50 years.

Food will be provided by local restaurants and food trucks, as well as local breweries.

Vendors from local stores across the city will have exhibits showcasing their products.

There will be an area for children called Kidsville that will feature arts, crafts, face painting, a photo booth, and many more educational and fitness activities featuring the Nashville Zoo, Nashville's Children Theatre and local sports teams mascots.

Dogs are welcome at the birthday party, too! There will a designated area called Dogville for all owners and their pets.

Free parking will be available in the Public Square Garage, which sits below the Metro Courthouse right off of James Robertson Parkway.

The birthday party will take place from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th in the Public Court House Square and is free for everyone.

The event will include:

To read more about Metro@50, visit their Web site or Facebook page.

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