Welcome Home Vietnam Parade
Parades in Pigeon Forge are always a big deal. On Saturday August 23, the city will hold one of its newest parades- the Welcome Home Vietnam Parade. This parade will feature former military personnel, military vehicles, floats, bands and more.
Last year over 500 Vietnam Veterans participated and the streets of Pigeon Forge were lined with crowds cheering on our Nation’s heroes, giving them “The Parade They Never Got”. The Grand Marshal of this year’s parade will be Louise Mandrell.
Starting at 10AM at traffic light #4, the parade will head south on the Parkway through traffic light #8 ending at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center.
The parade is part of the Welcome Home Vietnam Celebration- a weekend full of fun events that pay tribute to the servicemen and women that have served America over the years.
The fun begins Thursday, August 21 with a “Salute to Patriots” show at the Smoky Mountain Opry. On Friday there will be a VWA Color Guard competition, military vehicle restoration contest and a “Radio Saigon” show at the Grand Majestic Dinner Theater.
Saturday features a military memorabilia show, the parade and “Vietnam Veteran’s Night”- a salute to Bob Hope’s USO shows at the Dixie Stampede. Sunday concludes the weekend with a special remembrance service with the Blackwood Singers and special guest speakers.
This weekend is the culmination of a month-long event in Pigeon Forge called Celebrate Freedom. For the entire month of August participating businesses will offer discounts to active and veteran military personnel, police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders.