Dolly Parton made Sevier County. This is a fact that cannot be disputed, no matter how you slice it up. The Country music superlegend, a very proud and openly Southern gal from Sevierville, helped bring up what was originally Silver Dollar City and transformed it into Dollywood - a major amusement park that is ranked alongside Six Flags and Disney World and Tennessee's most popular destination. With her larger-than-life personality and frequent personal endorsements, Dollywood has not sustained itself admirably for 20 years, but the economy of Sevier County too.
So you can imagine why its a pretty big deal for Miss Dolly to come to town every Spring.
This year, Dolly returns once again as Grand Marshall of the Dolly Parade, May 8th, 2009. Upwards of 50,000 people regularly attend to watch the streets of Pigeon Forge transform into a playground showcasing everything Sevier County is and stands for. That means floats from Dixie Stampede, Country Tonite, The Miracle Theater, Smoky Mountain Jubilee, Magic Beyond Belief, and our troops, local businesses, clubs and anything else this good county can drum up and build a float for.
Previous themes of past Parades have included Celebrate Ireland! The Parade starts on River Road near Traffic Light #7 and continues to the Belz Factory Outlet at traffic light #3. The Parade begins at 6:00 P.M. May 8th, 2009.