Pigeon Forge Announces 2018 Music In The Mountains Spring Parade

Thursday, January 25, 2018

On May 4, Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) will host the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade at 6 p.

m. on the city’s parkway.

 

After 32 years, officials from the city of Pigeon Forge and Dollywood theme park announced that they want to provide an opportunity for a new grand marshal to preside over Pigeon Forge’s annual springtime parade, previously known as the Homecoming Parade.

 

Cal Ripken, Jr., a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and chairman and cofounder of Ripken Baseball, will serve as parade grand marshal this year. The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, a $22.5 million youth baseball facility, opened on March 9, 2016.

 

“For 32 years, it’s been my honor and privilege to serve as the grand marshal,” Dolly Parton said. “In that time, Pigeon Forge has grown so much and so many new businesses and attractions have come to town, everyone agrees that this is the perfect time for me to step aside and share the spotlight with some other folks. Dollywood has hogged the spotlight long enough!”

 

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. Theaters located throughout the city also will have the opportunity to give parade attendees a glimpse of their respective shows. Other familiar favorites will be featured as well. 

 

Pigeon Forge’s Homecoming Parade began in 1987 as the unofficial kickoff of the city’s tourism season.

               

“We want to thank Dolly for all that she has done, and we are so very grateful for the kindness and generosity she has shown to both our visitors and our residents,” Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster said. “Given Pigeon Forge’s progress and unprecedented growth during the last three decades, both Dollywood and Pigeon Forge city officials recognized that we have so much to celebrate with our parade.”

 

In recent years, Pigeon Forge has received an increased number of inquiries from high school bands seeking an opportunity to perform. The Music in the Mountains Spring Parade will provide an annual occasion for bands of all sizes from across the country to compete. Located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population that lives east of the Mississippi River combined with the variety of more than 80 attractions, Pigeon Forge is a popular destination for school groups.

 

“As a family destination that offers world-class entertainment, providing an opportunity for young people to share their love of the performing arts makes Pigeon Forge’s Music in the Mountains Spring Parade ideal for everyone,” said Teaster. “It’s also another great special event that we can offer our visitors and residents, too.”  

               

Along with high school marching bands, dance groups, choral groups, and baton twirlers will be invited to march. Parade registration also is open to others who wish to celebrate the area’s musical roots.

               

To register for Pigeon Forge’s Music in the Mountains Spring Parade or for more information, please visit MyPigeonForge.com/parade. For more information on Pigeon Forge and the city’s special events, please visit MyPigeonForge.com.



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