In 1987, the city of Pigeon Forge began what was called the Annual Dolly Parton’s Homecoming Parade each spring which was associated with the opening of Dollywood and the beginning of the “tourism” season for Pigeon Forge. With the growth of Pigeon Forge, the parade is taking on a new name in 2018 and is now called the “Music in the Mountains Spring Parade.” The new parade Marshal will be MLB legend Cal Ripken Jr. whose name is associated with the extremely popular Ripken Experience baseball park in the heart of Pigeon Forge. We have full details below about the new version of the annual Pigeon Forge parade.
When is the Pigeon Forge Parade
The 2018 Music in the Mountains Spring Parade will take place on May 4th beginning at 6pm on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Historically, the parade route starts 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. Keep this in mind if you plan on traveling through Pigeon Forge on May 4th.
What’s new with the Parade?
Here is how the city of Pigeon Forge describes the new parade:
“The Music in the Mountains Spring Parade will showcase the rich musical heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains while spotlighting the variety of entertainment provided by the many theaters located in the popular vacation destination alongside high school marching bands, dance groups, choral groups, and baton twirlers from Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia and more! Theaters located throughout the city also will have the opportunity to give parade attendees a glimpse of their respective shows.
Also new for 2018 are four larger-than-life-sized cold-air balloons. Three depict popular children’s characters—the Pajaminals, Daniel the Tiger and Yogi Bear. A fourth, a baseball measuring 10-feet in diameter, recognizes the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge.”
Also new for 2018 will be additional entertainment throughout town on Friday and Saturday. They city states, “In keeping with the Music in the Mountains parade theme, free bluegrass entertainment will be featured throughout the city on Friday and Saturday—with a few memory-making surprise performances that are sure to draw a crowd. Dank Strangers will perform on Friday (May 4) from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. from the Ole Smoky Moonshine stage at The Island while local favorite Jim Smith takes the stage at the Gazebo at the Old Mill on Saturday (May 5) from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to both concerts is free.”