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 has taken on a new name and is now called the “Music in the Mountains Spring Parade.” We have full details below about the new version of the annual Pigeon Forge parade.
When is the Pigeon Forge Parade
The 2019 Music in the Mountains Spring Parade will take place on May 3rd beginning at 6pm on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. 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 3rd.
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.”
Baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Pigeon Forge Parade for the second consecutive year. However, he will have a special guest joining him in 2019! Paula Deen will also be featured, which will be her first appearance in this popular parade. Paula Deen continues to open and grow businesses in the Smoky Mountains as she has most recently opened Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park.
Pigeon Forge Parade Features
The 2019 Pigeon Forge parade features entries from the eastern U.S., including the California High School Trojan marching band from Coal Center, Pennsylvania, the Star Strutters twirling group from Cincinnati, XQuisite Twirl ‘n’ Dance group from Canvas, W.V., and the Lee County Twirlers & Tumblers from Jonesville, Virginia. Parade attendees also will enjoy five larger-than-life-sized cold-air balloons. Four depict popular children’s characters, including Buddy the Dino, Pajaminals, Daniel the Tiger and Yogi Bear.
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. The Ole Smoky Moonshine stage at The Island will offer free concerts throughout the day on Friday (May 3) and Saturday (May 4). On Saturday, Lost Mill String Band will perform near the trolley station at Patriot Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mike & Kathy Gwinn will make random appearances on the city’s trolleys from 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. All performances are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.