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Once the party ends, cleanup begins from Bash on Broadway

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Once the music stopped and smoke from the fireworks cleared after Nashville's New Year's celebration, city workers embarked on a huge cleanup job downtown.

"I've been here since about 10 o'clock last night, kind of working over. We were supposed to get off at 6 [a.m.], but that wasn't gonna happen. So, we're just out here cleaning up a big mess," said Metro Public Works employee Michael Mitchell.

Officials estimate as many as 85,000 people celebrated at this year's Bash on Broadway. At dawn New Year's Day, Metro workers were nowhere near finished with the big task of straightening up Lower Broadway.

"Let's be honest, people don't really think about it. They don't think about the little guy most of the time. They're worried about the party, the excitement, and when the mess is made, they go home and we're stuck here to clean up the mess," Mitchell said.

Still, by the time businesses open on Thursday, it'll be almost like nothing ever happened.

"It's amazing what three blowers and a little bit of gas can do - or three blowers and three sweepers, is what we've got going right now. That's what got this much cleaned up and looking as good as we can," Mitchell said.

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