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.