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Metro Nashville celebrates 50 years with citywide birthday party

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

On Saturday ‘Music City' officially celebrated 50 years of originality.

The city held a big birthday bash on the Metro courthouse lawn complete with birthday cake.

On April 1, 1963 Nashville officially became the Nashville we know today.

"The celebration today is the recognition by so many people in Nashville that Metro was a great idea. It was the idea of the people, the people passed it and it's worked because people have been behind it," said John Seigenthaler.

Voters decided to get rid of the separate city and county governments, in favor of one Metro government.

Nashville, 50 years later, is still in a unique category. There are only 14 of these city-county governments in the United States.

"Nashville is going to be a better city five years from now, 20 years from now. The city will become increasingly interesting. It will be a city where people want to move to and I think it's going to be increasingly one of the most important cities in the country," said Mayor Karl Dean.

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