Cal Ripken, Jr to replace Dolly Parton in Music in the Mountains Spring Parade

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) - Former baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr. will be replacing Dolly Parton as the grand marshal in this year's Music in the Mountains Spring Parade. 

The parade will be held May 4 at 6 p.m. Pigeon Forge's Homecoming Parade started in 1987. 

"For 32 years, it's been my honor and privilege to serve as the grand marshal," said Dolly Parton. "In that time, Pigeon Forge has grown so much and so many new businesses and attractions have come to town, everyone agrees that this is the perfect time for me to step aside and share the spotlight with some other folks. Dollywood has hogged the spotlight long enough!" 

The parade will showcase the heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains. 

"We want to thank Dolly for all that she has done, and we are so very grateful for the kindness and generosity she has shown to both our visitors and our residents," said Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster. "Given Pigeon Forge's progress and unprecedented growth during the last three decades, both Dollywood and Pigeon Forge city officials recognized that we have so much to celebrate with our parade."

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