Dolly Parton has invited her Facebook fans to ride along during her 2016 Annual Homecoming Parade. Each year, the country music legend heads back home to East Tennessee to celebrate the opening of her Dollywood theme park in the Smoky Mountains. Thousands of fans gather to see Dolly at what her official website describes as “Pigeon Forge’s most anticipated parade.”
“I look forward to this every year. It’s such a happy time, and I just love seeing everyone enjoying themselves and making special memories. This year, I can’t wait for everyone to see my new Lumberjack Adventure, it’s going to be so much fun!”
For the first time ever, Dolly Parton’s Homecoming Parade will be streamed live on her Facebook page May 6, at 6 p.m. ET. The event will also be streamed on the Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show’s Facebook page.
The Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show is Parton’s newest attraction. The dinner theater inspired the design for Dolly’s “spectacular float and matching outfit,” which promise to “wow crowds” just as they do each year.
Dolly Parton may have recently turned 70 years old, but she is not slowing down. Dolly is kicking off her Pure & Simple Tour, her largest North American tour in 25 years, on June 3. The tour will begin in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Several artists have canceled North Carolina tour dates in protest of the state’s controversial “bathroom bill” which became law in March. The law requires transgender people to utilize the bathroom for the sex that is listed on their birth certificates. Many feel this opens the door for further discrimination against members of the LGBT community.
Dolly Parton has been vocal about embracing people of any sexual orientation and made it clear she has no plans to cancel her North Carolina show. Parton explained to the Winston-Salem Journal that she doesn’t like being in the middle of controversy, but feels she is better able to address anything she needs to from the stage.
“I have no plans to cancel the show. I believe that everybody ought to be treated with respect, but I feel we will serve better from the stage. I don’t like to get caught up in controversial issues. I will address whatever I need to from the stage.”
Dolly Parton recently opened up to Style Blueprint about everything from the importance of books to chicken and dumplings. When asked where she gets her never-ending drive and strength, Dolly Parton credited her parents and good, old-fashioned hard work for her success.
“Daddy and Mama set the stage for me because they passed on to me their drive, their strength and their talents. They gave me what I needed, and the rest was up to me. I believe we were all put on this earth for a purpose, and one of the blessings of my life is that I know my purpose. Yet I also know that if you want your dreams to come true you have to work at it, and I do work at it every single day.”
Dolly Parton’s hit TV movie Coat of Many Colors focused on her mother and father, played by Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder. The faith-based film told the story of a very difficult time in their lives and how love got the family through it. It was the most watched network movie since 2012, according to Taste of Country. Dolly Parton was also honored for Coat of Many Colors at the 2016 ACM Awards with the Tex Ritter award. Fans will be able to purchase it on DVD on May 3.
Coat of Many Colors, based on Dolly’s hit song by the same name, was the first of a three-movie deal with NBC. The second will be based on her song “Jolene.” Dolly Parton describes the third story, based on her song “The Seeker,” as similar to Touched by an Angel or Highway to Heaven. Parton hopes to turn it into a TV series if well received.
Dolly Parton will be making several promotional appearances beginning April 30 in support of the Coat of Many Colors DVD release. Watch for Dolly on Access Hollywood, CMT After Midnite, 700 Club, CBS This Morning, and more.
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