Baseball Legend Cal Ripken, Jr.; Music; Larger-Than-Life-Sized Balloons Highlight Pigeon Forge’s New Music in the Mountains Spring Parade

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. —With Cal Ripken, Jr., member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and chairman/cofounder of Ripken Baseball as grand marshal, Pigeon Forge’s new Music in the Mountains Spring Parade is set 6 p.m. EST May 4 on the Pigeon Forge Parkway, beginning at traffic light 6 and traveling north to traffic light 3.

“Cal Ripken, Jr. has proven himself and his organization to be a perfect fit for Pigeon Forge,” said Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster. “Cal and Pigeon Forge share the same family values, and not only is he a baseball legend, but he’s such a positive role model for young people. He’s invested many resources in our city, the most important of which is his own time spent here mentoring young people. That’s why Pigeon Forge is so proud to have Cal as our Music in the Mountains spring parade grand marshal.”

The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, a $22.5 million youth baseball facility, opened on March 9, 2016. In just two years, hundreds of baseball teams from across the U.S.—as far away as Alaska—have played on the facility’s six turf fields.

“It is an honor to serve as grand marshal for such an iconic and celebrated event,” said Ripken. “I look forward to welcoming the Pigeon Forge community and those visiting this beautiful city to the Music in the Mountains spring parade.”

Ripken will lead the way on a new grand marshal float, designed to honor the scenic beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains with a nod to the area’s deep musical roots.

Also new for 2018 are four larger-than-life-sized cold-air balloons. Three depict popular children’s characters—the Pajaminals, Daniel the Tiger and Yogi Bear. A baseball measuring 10-feet in diameter, recognizes the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge.  

In keeping with the Music in the Mountains parade theme, free bluegrass entertainment will be featured throughout the city on Friday and Saturday, with a few memory-making surprise performances that are sure to draw a crowd. Dank Strangers will perform 5-11 p.m. May 4 from the Ole Smoky Moonshine stage at The Island while local favorite Jim Smith takes the stage 6-8 p.m. May 5 at the Gazebo at the Old Mill. Admission to both concerts is free. 

To register for Pigeon Forge’s Music in the Mountains Spring Parade or for more information, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com/parade.

About Cal Ripken Jr.

Known as baseball’s “Iron Man” for playing in a world-record 2,632 consecutive games, Cal Ripken, Jr. spent 21 seasons in the major leagues and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Since his retirement, Ripken uses the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game through Ripken Baseball and its youth complexes located in Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee, while placing a strong focus on giving back to underserved communities through the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

Media contact for Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism:

Trish McGee

865-654-6242

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