Welcome Home Vietnam Parade

You won’t find many cities that are more patriotic than Pigeon Forge. That fact will certainly be evident during the Welcome Home from Vietnam celebration which will be held April 15-17.

This event is an opportunity to honor Vietnam Veterans and show them thanks for their service. There will be multiple events during this celebration including a parade for the veterans right on the Parkway!

The first night, Monday, April 15, will be sponsored by Dolly Parton and will consist of a special dinner show “Salute to Vietnam Veterans” at the Dolly’s Stampede. The Voice of Armed Forces Radio and Good Morning Vietnam’s Adrian Cronauer will be in attendance.

On Tuesday morning veterans can get together and reconnect with one another at the Reunion Hall. The afternoon will consist of the main event of the week, the “Welcome Home” Parade.

The parade, sponsored by the City of Pigeon Forge and the Tennessee National Guard, will feature all sorts of cool vehicles and groups in addition to the marching/riding Vietnam Veterans.

Some of the participants include: The United States Marine Corps Band from Quantico, Comedy Barn’s patriotic float, Dixie Stampede Horses and Riders, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine float, the Patriot Guard/ Tennessee Helping Hearts motorcycle riders, the Smoky Mountain Military Vehicle Club, WIVK Radio Personality Gunner and WIVK the Frog, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapters 203, 596, and 1073, the U.S Navy Seabee Veterans of America X1, and many, many more.

The parade is expected to be quite a spectacle complete with confetti cannons to shoot colored paper and bands playing loudly to welcome these Vietnam Veteran heroes.

Vietnam Veterans will be able to participate in these events free in addition to receiving free dinner show tickets to Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Smith Family Dinner Theater, Smoky Mountain Opry, or the Comedy Barn courtesy of Fee Hedrick Entertainment Group. Also, on Wednesday the Titanic Museum will honor veterans by allowing them fee access to the museum and military discounts for their spouse.

For more information on this fun and patriotic event go to welcomehomevietnam.com. Come and help us welcome these heroes and give them the appreciation they deserve!