St. Patrick's Day block party on Broadway approved at last minute

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 4:18pm

A St. Patrick’s Day block party in downtown Nashville was approved by Metro Public Works Wednesday, just three days before the event and after the organizer nearly failed to acquire the proper permits.

Tom Kiermaier, who also helped organize Nashville Oktoberfest and the Music City BBQ Championships and Festival, applied to block off Broadway between Third and Fourth avenues on Saturday and Sunday.

Kiermaier told The City Paper the block party would include live music from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday as well as a Guinness beer truck and a beer garden designed to look like an Irish pub. A massive 15-by-30-foot LED screen will show the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament games taking place at Bridgestone Arena, he said.

Broadway between Third and Fourth avenues will be closed from 7 a.m. on Saturday to 11 p.m. on Sunday, according to Public Works.

As of earlier this week, Kiermaier didn’t have all of the emergency plan paperwork required for a permit, said Veronica Frazier, Public Works executive director of beautification.

“We don’t like to wait this late. This is the first time this gentleman has filled out this paperwork,” Frazier said. “In fact, I had a conversation with him and told him we just can’t do this again. We want to support events. Events are important to Nashville and are important to us, but he’s got to get on board and be a little more prompt.”

Public Works requests that paperwork be submitted at least two weeks before an event is scheduled.

“We’re not trying to be punitive, we’re just trying to establish some order,” Frazier said. “We have limited staff and Nashville is growing exponentially and special events are happening all around us, but it’s a lot to support.”

The Hard Rock Cafe on Lower Broad is also planning a series of outdoor concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

3 Comments on this post:

By: La-La on 3/13/13 at 3:29

Of course they would approve at the 11th hour. More $$$$ for Nashville.

By: yucchhii on 3/15/13 at 8:59

Of course, "LAST MINUTE"!! The city planning dept "CAN'T" plan anything! They foul up the city streets and bus routes even if they p-lan ahead of time. The city becomes KAOTIC and NOBODY has a clue where to go or how to get there! Bus drivers are left without a clue where to go when their routes gets blocked or barricaded at a time when they least expect and the passengers are yelling at the drivers..but it's not the drivers fault. It's the CITY PLANNING DEPARTMENT!! If your sitting at a bus stop on a street that is a part of the bus route and the time has come and gone for the bus to be there and hasn't shone's because of detours that the bus has to follow and no word has gotten out to the people and especially if they don't have access to the internet. The MTA has a website that you can access for info regarding detours, but that does no good if they do things like this at the LAST MINUTE! I really would love to see people PACK the city council meetings with complaints and to TELL (Not request) "TELL" the city council what they NEED TO BE DOING! Do WE not pay our TAXES? C'mon people, WAKE UP...HELLO!!

By: Molly Hurley on 3/18/13 at 5:21