Dolly Parton Stepping Down As Grand Marshal in Pigeon Forge Parade

After a 32 year run, Dolly Parton is making way for a new grand marshal of Pigeon Forge’s annual Homecoming Parade. See who’s taking her place.

By Admin on January 26, 2018
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Dolly Parton has been grand marshal of Pigeon Forge’s annual Homecoming Parade for 32 years! Can you believe it? This year, Dolly is passing the torch to fellow Hall of Fame member, baseball’s Cal Ripken Jr.

The parade takes place this year on May 4. It’s being re-branded as Music in the Mountains Spring Parade, reports Nash Country Daily.

Dolly said in a press release:

“For 32 years, it’s been my honor and privilege to serve as the grand marshal. 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.”

Pigeon Forge city manager Earlene Teaster also added:

“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. 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.”

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