POSTED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 9:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A 38-year tradition continues in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
The city hosted their parade known as the "First in the Nation" at midnight on the Fourth of July.
Thousands of spectators staked out spots earlier on the afternoon of July 3.
Groups from all over the country and beyond took part in the parade, including a teen band from Ontario, Canada.
Several members of the legendary WWII fighter pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, were the grand marshals of the parade.
City officials say more than 100,000 people watched the midnight parade.