Dolly Parton Parade in Pigeon Forge, TN Every spring for over three decades, our hometown hero, Dolly Parton, comes back to the Smoky Mountains and is the grand marshal for the Annual Dolly Parade. The parkway is filled with marching bands, floats, baton twirlers and more. It is the mark to the beginning of our spring season and the excitement as Dolly Parton waves from her float is palpable. This an event that you won't want to miss! When is the Dolly Parade? The Dolly Parade happens every May on the Pigeon Forge and usually starts around 6 pm. We do suggest you plan to arrive early! Over 50,000 of your closest friends will be joining you along the parkway and you will want to make sure you have the best vantage point for those pictures! What is the Parade Route for the Dolly Parade? The parade will enter the Pigeon Forge Parkway near traffic light #6 and head north towards Sevierville to traffic light #3. Since the parade will take up the northbound lanes of the parkway, all traffic will be diverted to the southbound lanes. Please plan your travel accordingly as the parkway will be congested during this time. Where is the Best Place To Park for the Dolly Parade? You can park your car for free at the LeConte Center Municipal Lot or Patriot Park in the Old Mill Area. Also, parking is free is you stay at a Pigeon Forge hotel on the Parkway. There are great restaurants in the area so plan to come early, grab dinner and enjoy the parade. Insider Tip: See Dolly! Dolly Parton usually makes an appearance at Dollywood on Friday and again on Saturday. While this is not guarenteed, there is a good chance she will be out and about that weekend at Dollywood. You Might Also Like Pigeon Forge’s Favorite: The Quoteable Dolly Parton Smokies Golden Girl Giving Back: Dolly Parton Music In The Mountains Spring Parade Get The Smoky Mountain Insider The latest events & exclusive deals delivered straight to your inbox Thank you for subscribing! Check your email for a confirmation link.