Dolly Parton Returns to the Smokies This Spring

03 Apr

Dollywood signDolly Parton is coming home! The nation’s most famous Smoky Mountain native is  returning to her birthplace for the Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade. This extremely popular event in Pigeon Forge will bring over 50,000 spectators to the Smokies for a day of fun, music, and celebration. Read on to find out everything you need to know about Dolly’s triumphant return to Sevier County.

(See Related: The Queen of Country Music Comes to Pigeon Forge)

When and Where

The Dolly Parade will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday May 2, 2014.  Try to come early, because this event will be packed!

The parade route will take Dolly and her friends from Traffic Light #7 on the Pigeon Forge Parkway northbound to Traffic Light #3. As always, the Dolly Parade is totally free to attend!

What to Expect

Dolly Parton serves as the grand marshall of an enormous parade, completed with gorgeous floats, baton twirlers, marching bands, horses, and more. The parade is also a great opportunity to see entertainers from local attractions, as they march down the Parkway with the Queen of Country herself.

Other Chances to See Dolly

If you’re like us, you can’t get enough Dolly! Fortunately, there are other opportunities to see the country music megastar in addition to the parade.

On May 2nd, just before the parade, Ms. Parton will make an appearance at the Dollywood theme park. This is your chance to wish Dolly well before she hits the Parkway to begin her official Homecoming celebration.

If you can’t make it on Friday, don’t worry! Dolly will also be parading around Dollywood on Saturday March 3rd. In years past, Dolly has waived to the crowds as she toured the theme park in her very own horse drawn carriage. The Dollywood parade is dependent on nice weather, so it’s a good idea to call in advance to make sure the event is still going on.

Where to Stay

Are you looking for the perfect place to stay close to this event in Pigeon Forge? Take a look at our Where to Stay page to find incredible cabins minutes away from the Parkway, Dollywood, and all of the best attractions in the Smokies!