Posts Tagged: parade

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade 2018 in Gatlinburg

One of the best Christmas parades in the nation happens in Gatlinburg with the 43rd Annual Fantasy of Lights parade starting at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 7, 2018. The parade takes about an hour to pass along Parkway, and anywhere from 60,000 to 100,000 people can be expected to line the route, many having staked out their spot earlier in the day with chair and blanket.

Image courtesy of City of Gatlinburg


Music in the Mountains Spring Parade 2018

Pigeon Forge holds its annual spring parade on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6 pm on Parkway, starting at traffic light #6 and proceeding north to light #3. This year the 33-year old parade says goodbye to Dolly Parton as its Grand Marshal and welcomes baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr to lead the parade. The name also has changed, to Music in the Mountains, with an emphasis on the musical heritage of the Smoky Mountains.

Image courtesy of Pigeon Forge


The First Independence Day Parade of 2017: Gatlinburg’s 4th of July Midnight Parade

The 4th of July comes again to America in 2017, and Gatlinburg for its fifth decade running leads the nation in its First Independence Day Parade, starting in the first minute of Tuesday the 4th, after the stroke of midnight of Monday night, July 3. This is the 42nd Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

This year, in honor of the countless local and regional heroes who came to the aid of Gatlinburg during the fires of 2016, the Grand Marshals of the parade will be firefighters, first responders and police officers who jumped into hazard without hesitation to save the town.


Dolly’s 32nd Annual Homecoming Parade 2017

May gets underway as usual this year with a grand event in Pigeon Forge, as Dolly Parton returns as grand marshal to lead the 32nd Annual Homecoming Parade, on May 5, 2017. The free parade starts at 6 pm at Traffic Light #6, and proceeds – with maximum fanfare, color and spectacle – north along Parkway to Traffic Light #3.

Image courtesy of Dolly Parton

Image courtesy of Dolly Parton


Up Late and Loving It: Gatlinburg’s 2016 Fourth of July Parade Celebration

In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, city locals and visitors intend to stay up late on Sunday night, July 3, 2016. Why? Because it’s the annual First Independence Day Parade in the Nation. The 41st Annual Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade launches at 12:01 am, making it the earliest July 4th parade in the country.

Enormous helium-filled balloons take flight Sunday night and more than 100 floats, marching bands, and decorated vehicles begin the 1-mile parade along Parkway, joined by the hundreds of volunteers who make it happen, and entrants from regional cities and organizations.

This famous event draws a large crowd of up to 100,000 spectators, who pack Gatlinburg to honor the nation’s heroes.

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2015 Heroes Week, Veterans Parade & Military Show in Pigeon Forge

It’s a week-long patriotic celebration in Pigeon Forge August 24-30 as the 2015 Heroes Week rolls out a music festival and special evening shows at different venues. This culminates in the Saturday, August 29, Veterans Homecoming Parade, and the same weekend offers the annual Military & Relic Show, August 29-30.

5267660_origEach year the organizers team up with a significant event or organization – last year it was the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall – and this year it hosts American Sniper Chris Kyle’s Guardians for Heroes Foundation.

The week starts with a 4-day music festival as the Christian Country Expo comes to town August 24-27. Monday night headliner is Marty Raybon, and the expo opens on Tuesday morning for day-long music showcases through the festival, along with evening shows. (more…)

Fourth of July Midnight Parade 2015: Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Celebrations

2015-07-02_170546Friday is July 3, 2015, which means that the stroke of midnight signals the beginning of July 4th, and the start of the First Fourth of July Parade in the Nation. For the 40th year since the Bicentennial in 1976, the little City of Gatlinburg wakes up the United States with its annual Midnight Parade.

And what a parade it is! More than 100 floats, marching bands, entrants from surrounding states, groups, troupes, special vehicles and huge cartoon helium balloons spend around an hour and a half from midnight traveling the length of Parkway from Traffic Light 1a to Traffic Light 10.


Dolly Homecoming Parade 2015 in Pigeon Forge

parade2013-11-1024x684The merry month of May gets a whole lot merrier this May Day, as Dolly Parton takes to the streets of Pigeon Forge to lead the 30th Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade, happening this Friday, May 1, 2015.

More than 50,000 people attend the Dolly Parade each year, and many of them come to catch a glimpse and photo shots of Tennessee’s favorite daughter, Dolly Parton herself. (more…)

July 4th, 2014 in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge


July 4th Midnight Parade, Gatlinburg

July 4th Midnight Parade, Gatlinburg

It’s July 4th on Friday, and in Gatlinburg this means a parade, which really starts on Thursday, July 3rd  in the early morning hours. This is when the most intrepid of the parade-watchers begin to claim their spots along the parade route, settling in with folding chairs and necessary survival items to get through the long day ahead: phone, camera, water, money, good hat, etc.

Over 100,000 people are coming to watch the First Independence Day Parade in the Nation begin as the clock strikes midnight of the 3rd, and the Fourth of July unfolds in all its glory! (more…)

Gatlinburg Fourth of July Parade 2013

One hundred thousand Americans will gather in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, at midnight on July 3rd to lead the nation in celebrating Independence Day with the first Fourth of July Parade in the country. Gatlinburg has been proudly kick-starting July 4th with its Midnight Parade for 37 years, and 2013 is year number 38. (more…)