For 31 years, Dolly Parton has come home to her beloved Smoky Mountains to herald in the spring season with her legions of fans. And for each of those 31 years, Dolly has wowed parade-goers with her specially themed float and matching outfit. This year will be no exception, as the American icon will ride atop a float for her brand-new show, Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show! About 50,000 folks attend this special event each year, and this year everyone in cyber space can take part in the parade via Facebook!
The 31st Annual Dolly Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. EST on Friday, May 6, 2016 in Pigeon Forge. The parade route begins at traffic light #6 on the Parkway and travels to traffic light #3. This will be the largest Dolly Parade ever and it’s expected to last about two hours!
Travel Alert! River Road will close at 2:30 p.m. Old Mill Avenue will close at 4:30 p.m. The northbound lanes of the Parkway will close at 5:00 p.m. The southbound Parkway lanes will remain open with one lane going in each direction.
Bring your lawn chairs and come early to get a good spot; and this year your friends may get to see you on Facebook at the Dolly Parade! Be sure to Like Dolly on Facebook!
For more information, please call the City of Pigeon Forge Department of Special Events at 865-453-8574.
Dolly Parton will be back in Pigeon Forge on November 15, 2016 for a stop on her Pure & Simple tour. This is the entertainer’s first North American tour in over 25 years; Dolly will be performing in more than 60 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 1, 2016. Dollywood season passholders will be able to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.