The 26th Annual Dolly Parton Parade marches into Pigeon Forge Tenn May 6, 2011. The Dolly Parade kicks off the Pigeon Forge SpringFest celebration. Of course, the main attraction is Dolly Parton herself, who serves as the grand marshal of the parade. More than 50,000 people line the parkway to get a glimpse of Parton, while also enjoying the various colorful floats, marching bands, entertainers and local celebrities who are also in the parade.
The Dolly Parade route begins on River Road near Traffic Light #7. It will travel north along the Parkway and ends at the Belz Factory Outlet Worlds at Traffic Light #3. The parade will begin promptly at 6pm.
Dolly Parton holds the parade each year to pay homage to the southern Appalachian Mountains she has called home since her childhood. She has been continually inspired by her Tennessee heritage and feels the parade is one way she can thank all of her fans and fellow Tennesseans.