Tootsies owner looking into legal action over Kid Rock grand marshal fallout

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Possible legal action is being explored against the organizers of the Nashville Christmas Parade. 

This is the latest in a series of developments centered around Kid Rock, who was supposed to be the grand marshal. 

Steve Smith, the owner of Tootsies Orchid Lounge who has donated $250,000 to pay for the parade the past two years, is looking into legal action against Piedmont Gas, the city of Nashville, and the executive producer of the parade. 

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This stems from Kid Rock being stripped of his role as parade grand marshal.  

Friday, on the program “Fox and Friends”, broadcasting out of Nashville, Kid Rock used profanity when referencing Joy Behar, a co-host on the ABC show, “The View”. 

Friday evening, parade organizers announced they decided to honor James Shaw Jr. at the parade. Shaw will ride the float originally intended for Kid Rock. 

Shaw – of course – is known for his heroics and bravery, helping stop the Antioch Waffle House shooting.  

Now, upset by the decision to remove kid rock, Smith defended the singer, saying he’s donating his time to be grand marshal.  

Smith is calling for his donation to be refunded in addition to the legal action.  

“As far as we’re concerned, until somebody reimburses us a quarter of a million dollars, he will be in the Christmas parade tomorrow morning and will be the grand marshal,” said Smith.  

“Kid Rock will be there in the morning. It will be, for lack of words, like a standoff at high noon. He intends to show up and try to be the grand marshal of the parade,” said Smith’s Attorney Bryan Lewis.  

Smith’s attorney says his client should have been part of the decision involving Kid Rock and he was not.  He also hopes everyone involved comes to their senses. 

The parade also supports the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and Piedmont’s “Share the Warmth” program.

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