When you’re on vacation, everybody loves a parade! And we here in Sevier County love Dolly Parton. That’s why, on May 6, 2011, at 6pm, Pigeon Forge will host the 26th annual Dolly Parade in her honor!
Why We Love Dolly Parton
She’s not just a talented writer, singer, actor, business woman, and cook, although we thoroughly enjoy all these talents of hers. We love the way she gives back to her hometown community here in Sevier County. She was born and raised here, and she hasn’t forgotten it! Out of all her numerous awards and honors, the one that means the most to her is the bronze statue of her on the Sevier County Courthouse Lawn because, as she says, “it came from the people who know me.” Her Dollywood Theme Park, Dollywood’s Splash Country, and The Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction employ over 3,000, and further boost the local economy by using local vendors as much as possible, and of course, bringing all you lovely visitors our way!
We also love what she does for children with her Imagination Library. It started out as a book club for local Sevier County Children, and now sends books not only all over the country, but to Canada and the UK as well! Children registered with the Imagination Library receive one free age-appropriate book in the mail each month until they turn 5 years old. What a great way to encourage literacy, imagination, and big dreams for the future. Dolly herself provides the funding to supply the books to the communities where her businesses operate. Other towns across the globe have partnered with her to provide books for their communities as well. For more information, visit the Imagination Library Website.
The Dolly Parade
On May 6, 2011 at 6 pm, the parade will begin at light #6 in Pigeon Forge, and make its way through downtown to light #3. Dolly herself will of course be the queen of the celebration! Here’s your chance to see her for yourself. Adding to all the fun will be other beautiful floats, marching bands, and local celebrities. In addition to this, colorful displays of flowers will line the street in honor of the parade and the Spring season! Be sure to come early and set up your lawn chairs along the Parkway for a good seat.
We hope you are looking forward to it! We certainly are!
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