By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Originally set to lead the Nashville Christmas Parade as grand marshll before being replaced after making some controversial comments on Fox News, musician Kid Rock will now join the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade this Saturday at 2 p.m.
Kid Rock, who’s legal name is Robert James Ritchie, has had a career in the music industry spanning more than 20 years, and has released albums spanning the rock, rap and country genres.
Touting itself as the “wackiest Christmas parade around,” the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade will also feature actor and musician John Schneider as grand marshal, who’s most famous for his depiction of “Bo” on the 1979 hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard.
In addition to the double star power of Rock and Schneider, the parade will feature dozens of Christmas-themed floats from cute to wacky, vintage tractors, cars and trucks, tons of animals such as horses, pigs and donkeys, and of course, the one and only Santa Claus.
Rock’s removal as grand marshal of the Nashville Christmas Parade came after an interview on Fox News, where the musician criticized political correctness, and called the co-host of The View, Joy Behar, an expletive on live television.
“God forbid you say something a little bit wrong; you’re racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, this that and another,” Rock said on Fox News. “People need to calm down get a little less politically correct. I would say love everybody, except I’d say, screw that Joy Behar b—-.”
Following the outburst, Nashville Mayor David Briley said he was likely to skip the parade if Rock remained the grand marshal. Metro councilman Freddie O’Connell expressed similar sentiments, writing on social media that “the choice of Grand Marshal evokes neither the spirit of Christmas nor the inclusivity I think represents the best of Nashville.”
Rock was removed as grand marshal following the response from some city officials, leading both Mayor Briley and O’Connell to attend the parade. Rock was replaced as grand marshal with James Shaw Jr., who heroically disarmed the gunman during the Waffle House shooting in Nashville back in April.
Rock apologized the same day as the incident for using crass language, but wrote on social media that he would not apologize for the sentiment of his comments, further criticizing Behar for her past comments.
The Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade will commence at 2 p.m. this Saturday, and will feature designated parking by the intersection of Old Hillsboro Road and Floyd Road.