By 10 a.m. it was 92 degrees, but the mass of music lovers, dignitaries and glitterati remained undaunted in honoring the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on its opening day. It may have been the densest pool of country music talent, old and new, ever gathered.
Media from every corner of the country and all over the world scrambled for position. Helicopters flew above the tented stage.
By 9 a.m. no more seats were available and a crowd of hundreds of fans swelled at the corner of Fifth and Demonbruen and awaited the arrival of the first country music star.
Six fully appointed color guards and a drummer heralded the first motorcade, which slowly proceeded down Fifth Avenue. Trisha Yearwood and Riders in the Sky waved from their convertibles. The Grand Ole Opry