This upcoming Friday (May 7) Pigeon Forge will host the 25th Annual Dolly Parade, the unofficial start of this year’s tourist season and the 25th Anniversary season of Dollywood. Legendary local singer and songwriter Dolly Parton will be the parade’s grand marshal. The parkway will be lined with parade watchers admiring floats, marching bands, celebrities and of course the areas favorite daughter, Dolly. This year’s parade will begin at 6PM.
In addition to the Dolly Parade this weekend, Saturday morning at 9AM the Shrines will hold their Fun Fest Parade in downtown Pigeon Forge.
Let’s not forgot Mom this weekend with Mother’s Day on Sunday. The Resort has a special for this weekend including a two night stay and a $50 restaurant gift card for those looking for accomodations this weekend.
Dollywood theme park recently claimed its 4th consecutive Heartbeat Award at the International Assoc. of Amusement Parks & Attractions Expo held in Las Vegas.
This year’s award was for “Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of the Blue Smoke”, featuring eight songs written by Dolly Parton. The parks previous Heartbeat Award winners were “Dreamland Drive In” in 2006 & 2008 and “The Great American Country Show” in 2007.
To help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the city of Pigeon Forge is having an online promotion. Register for a chance to win their Prize Pack that includes a $75 fuel card, $75 attraction pass ( 2 tickets to Wonder Works and 2 tickets to Country Tonite Theatre), two tickets to Dollywood, and Sha-Kon-O-Hey the 8 song CD written and recorded by Dolly Parton as tribute to the National Park.
To register or for more information click here. Contest ends July 31, 2009.
Now that May is finally here, its time to turn up the fun in the Smokies and the next two weekends should be jammed packed.
The 2009 Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade will be held this coming Friday, May 8th, at 6 P.M. on the main parkway in Pigeon Forge. This year’s parade has special meaning to Dolly, the parade grand marshal, as she is an official ambassador of the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park . The parade is one of six Pigeon Forge special events the park has included into its anniversary celebration.
Sevierville’s annual Bloomin’BBQ & Bluegrass Festival will be held May 15 & 16 and Smoky Mountain Resorts is offering a special Rocky’s BBQ package for The Resort at Governors Crossing for stays May 12th-17th. Rocky’s BBQ Package includes a 2-night stay at The Resort, a stuffed Rocky the Bear, and a bottle of Rocky’s Smoky Mountain BBQ Sauce. For further information or to reserve this package call 800-497-5749.
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