Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade Celebrates 30th Year

Jan 06, 2015

Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade Celebrates 30th Year

Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade - With often more than 50,000 visitors lining the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, it’s one of the area’s most anticipated events of the year: The Smoky Mountains’ sweetheart, Dolly Parton, will return as grand marshal of the 30th Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade on May 1, 2015.

The Dolly Homecoming Parade kicks off Pigeon Forge’s Springfest with colorful floats, marching bands, entertainers and local celebrities.


The Parade starts at 6 p.m. at Tra

ffic Light No. 6 and continues north on the Parkway all the way to Traffic Light No. 3.

If you want to get a good spot along the Parkway to see the Parade – a place where you’re guaranteed to catch all the action and see Dolly Parton – we suggest that you get there early!

Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee. The day after she graduated from Sevier County High School, she p

acked her cardboard suitcase with songs and moved to Nashville.

The gifted singer, songwriter and actress wrote songs from an early age and made appearances on WSEV Radio in Sevierville by the age of nine. By the age of 10, she became a regular performer on the “Cas Walker Show,” which was broadcast on Knoxville television.dolly-parade-pigeon-forge-tn.jpg

Only three years after leaving home, country legend Porter Wagoner selected Dolly as his new girl singer for his syndicated show. Seven years later, she left the show with two Country Music Association Awards for “Duo of the Year” in search of a solo career. In just two years, she joined the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1999, Dolly was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The prolific songwriter was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. In a 2009 interview with CNN’s Larry King, she said that she had written at least 3,000 songs, having written seriously since the age of seven.

The icon has entertained on the big screen in several films, including “Nine to Five” and “Steel Magnolias.” She is also a champion for literacy, having founded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 1995 to benefit the children of East Tennessee. The effort has since expanded across the United States and into Canada and the United Kingdom.

In 1986, she joined the Hershend brothers in owning the amusement park Silver Dollar City – that year it became known as “Dollywood.”

Dollywood is Tennessee’s most visited attraction with more than 2 million visitors each year. It prides itself on family values, with its workers striving to help its guests make “Memories Worth Repeating.”

Is there anything Dolly can’t do? Ddolly-parton.jpgespite her worldwide fame and success, she has never forgotten where she came from. What an experience to see her – along with the beautiful area where she grew up.

So don’t wait – May 1, 2015 will be here before you know it! We would love to host you during your stay. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Cabins will book early so Call Heartland Cabin Rentals at 1-888-711-0087 or book online to make your reservations today.




Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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