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All the Details About the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade

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It’s springtime in Pigeon Forge, which means it’s time for the annual Music in the Mountains Spring Parade! This family-friendly celebration is completely free for visitors and the best way to celebrate spring in the Smoky Mountains. We’ve got all the details for you below:

About the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade

boy watching parade in pigeon forgeThis year’s Music in the Mountains Spring Parade will feature not one but two celebrities who have made an impact on Pigeon Forge in recent years. Both Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken and Celebrity Chef Paula Deen will be a part of this year’s spring celebration. Cal Ripken Jr. will serve as the grand marshal of the parade for the second year in a row. He is the owner of the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, a $22.5 million youth baseball facility that opened in 2016. Before Cal Ripken Jr. stepped into the role, Dolly Parton served as the parade’s grand marshal for 32 years. On January 25, 2018, officials from the city of Pigeon Forge and the Dollywood theme park announced that what was then known as Dolly’s Homecoming Parade was getting a makeover and becoming the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade. Paula Deen will make her first-time appearance in the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade. Deen has become a familiar face in Pigeon Forge after opening Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen at The Island in 2015 and Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud in 2018.

The Music in the Mountains Spring Parade in Pigeon Forge showcases the musical heritage of the Smoky Mountains. The parade features a variety of entertainment provided by the popular theaters in Pigeon Forge, as well as high school marching bands, dance groups, choral groups, and baton twirlers. The parade will also include four larger-than-life-sized cold-air balloons, three depicting the popular children characters the Pajaminals, Daniel the Tiger, and Yogi Bear! The fourth balloon will be a baseball that measures 10 feet in diameter and recognizes the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge.

When is the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade?

Aerial view of the downtown Parkway in Pigeon Forge.The Music in the Mountains Spring Parade will be held on May 3 at 6 p.m. The parade’s route will stretch down the Pigeon Forge Parkway, beginning at Traffic Light #6 and heading to Traffic Light #3.

What to Bring to the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade

When you attend the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade, bring one of your favorite foldable chairs with you so that you have somewhere to sit during the event. Keep in mind that northbound lanes will close in preparation for the parade at 4:45 p.m., and you should arrive early to guarantee you get a good parking spot and viewing spot for the parade!

Where to Stay When You Visit

Bashful Bear Pigeon Forge cabin rental with theater roomIf you’re still looking for a place to stay when you’re in town for the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade, there is no better place than a Pigeon Forge cabin rental! Pigeon Forge cabins provide the perfect home away from in the Smoky Mountains and put you just a short drive from the Pigeon Forge Parkway. You can enjoy the peace and quiet your cabin provides while still being close to all the action! Cabins come with a variety of amenities that make your stay special, from bubbling hot tubs to game rooms with all kinds of fun. Cabins range in size from 1 bedroom to 19 bedrooms, so you’ll have no problem finding the perfect one to accommodate your vacation group! Take a look at all our Pigeon Forge cabin rentals and choose the best one for your stay.

More Events in Pigeon Forge

Are you looking for more things to do in the Smoky Mountains while you’re on vacation? Use our Pigeon Forge Events Calendar to keep up to date with everything that’s happening in the area.