The 2014 Dolly Parade in Pigeon Forge, TN is formally known as the Annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade where Dolly Parton serves as the grand marshal. The Dolly parade 2014 will take place on May 2 and begin around 6pm. The Dollywood parade traditionally features numerous floats, marching bands, entertainers from area shows, baton twirlers, horses, etc. The annual Dolly parade is arguably the largest parade in the region as it draws more that 50,000 visitors lining the parkway of Pigeon Forge, TN.
This year’s Dolly parade will feature 75 beautifully decorated floats along with marching bands, majorettes, as well as several new guests including over 100 members from the Crossroads Christian Church Choir. A float from The Island will also be participating this year with some steel drums to liven up the crowd.
With Dollywood’s FireChaser Express roller coaster opening recently, expect something firefighter themed from Ms. Dolly. The Pigeon Forge Fire Department will also play a part, showing off their new ladder truck which features a ladder that can extend over 100 feet.
The Dolly parade route takes place on the main parkway in Pigeon Forge beginning near traffic light #6 and heads northbound (toward Sevierville) to traffic light #3 (at The Track). The parade takes up the entire northbound lanes, so all regular traffic is bottlenecked into the southbound lane. The 2014 Dollywood parade begins around 6pm so please keep this in mind if you are planning to arrive in Pigeon Forge anywhere between 5pm and 8pm as traffic will be abnormally congested during that time.
Dolly Parton typically makes an appearance at Dollywood on Friday just before the parade and then again on Saturday (weather permitting). Typically, her park tour consists of a horse drawn carriage ride through the park that usually begins near the carousel (close to where you board the Dollywood train). Park officials begin roping off the path about 20 minutes prior to her tour, so when you see the ropes make sure to grab a good spot for pictures!
Be sure to check out our ultimate guide of Dollywood coupons and discount tickets to save money when visiting Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. Also check out our guide of Pigeon Forge coupons for other discounts on Pigeon Forge restaurants, attractions, lodging, and more!