This year marks the 30th anniversary of both Dollywood and the yearly homecoming celebration honoring everyone’s favorite hometown girl, Dolly Parton. Crowds line the streets of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to see beautiful floats, hear lively bands and, of course, to welcome Dolly back home.

As Grand Marshal, she rides atop a lavish float. In past years, her parade floats have featured some of Dollywood's newest attractions including Mystery Mine, Wild Eagle, FireChaser Express and Dollywood’s Splash Country’s RiverRush.

Dolly Parton in the 'Dolly Parade' in her hometown of Sevierville, TN
Dolly Parton in the 'Dolly Parade' in her hometown of Sevierville, TN

The entire Pigeon Forge community comes together to wow crowds of over 50,000 visitors including Dolly's Dixie Stampede. The Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction float is another fan favorite displaying the sights and sounds of "The Most Fun Place to Eat!"

This year also marks two additional milestones. Dollywood's DreamMore Resort will open later this summer and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is celebrating its 20th year as well. Surely, with all these landmark occasions there is cause for celebration and what better way to celebrate than with a parade!

Dollywood works with The Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events to organize the event. The parade begins at 6 p.m. The route starts at traffic light #6 and travels north on the Parkway ending at traffic light #3.

Dolly visited Dollywood and surprised guests while in town for her annual 2014 Homecoming Parade

Whenever Dolly comes home she loves to visit Dollywood and say hello to the guests during a special Dolly Parton parade through the park in her unique DeWitt. She did two different park tours while visiting in May 2014.

Dolly’s 2014 Homecoming Parade float represented Dollywood’s newest attraction, FireChaser Express

There’s nothing quite like coming home and Dolly proved that as nearly 50,000 people came to see her in the annual Dolly Homecoming Parade in Pigeon Forge. This year Dolly served dual roles. Not only was she the Grand Marshal of the parade, she also was the fire chief of this year’s float which was inspired by FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Dolly soars home on Dollywood's Wild Eagle float during her 27th Annual Homecoming Parade

Celebrating the opening of Dollywood’s historic Wild Eagle, Dolly flew atop the wings of a float themed after a bald eagle during her 27th Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade. She soared above thousands of fans lining the streets of Pigeon Forge where Dollywood is located. Her eye-catching float and feathered jacket reached new heights for the annual parade.




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