Every year, Dolly Parton, a world famous country superstar known for her beautiful music and unforgettable charm, returns home to the Smokies. In fitting style, the city of Pigeon Forge welcomes back Dolly with an annual Homecoming Parade.
This exciting event features Dolly Parton as the Grand Marshal, but this festive parade also includes dozens of floats, marching bands, and even entertainers from local shows.
With an estimated 50,000 spectators, this annual event in Pigeon Forge is likely the biggest parade of the year!
Here's a clip of the 2015 parade for an idea of what this festive event is like!
When Is The Parade?
Dolly's Homecoming Parade in Pigeon Forge is scheduled for May 5, 2017. The parade begins around 6 pm and concludes around 8 pm.
Where Can I See Dolly's Homecoming Parade?
The parade route begins at traffic light #6 on the Pigeon Forge Parkway and ends at traffic light #3. The parade proceeds up the northbound lane, so traffic is restricted to the southbound lane.
Between 5 and 8 pm, traffic in Pigeon Forge will be congested due to lane closures and the influx of parade spectators. To get a great spot to view the parade, we recommend that visitors arrive early around 5 pm.
Parade Route Map
Where Can I See Dolly In Pigeon Forge?
In past years, Dolly has made an appearance at Dollywood on Friday at 4 pm before the parade begins in Pigeon Forge.
Dolly can be seen at Dollywood at the Heartsong Theater and Showstreet Theater on a horse-drawn carriage.
About Dolly's Smoky Mountain Connections
Dolly Parton, the world famous country star, came from a humble family in Sevier County. Though she has reached the height of success, she's always retained a deep connection with Sevierville and her Smoky Mountain home. For over 30 years, Dolly has invested in local business ventures like Dollywood, The Dixie Stampede, and most recently, Dolly's Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner Show.
Over the years, Dolly has given a lot back to her hometown, like the Imagination Library that promotes childhood literacy and the "My People Fund," an emergency fund to support victims who lost homes in the 2016 Smoky Mountain wildfire event.
For all of her work promoting and supporting the Smoky Mountains area, the town of Pigeon Forge holds this annual parade as a token of appreciation.
Dolly Parton's annual homecoming parade is the perfect time to see Dolly in the Smoky Mountains during your vacation! Whether you're a fan of her music, her uplifting spirit, or if you just love the Smoky Mountains region, this celebration of Dolly is a perfect event to enjoy during your stay.
Written by Mark Frazier