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On December 6, the 44th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will roll through downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the holiday season and the beginning of Gatlinburg Winter Magic.

“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” Star Announced as Grand Marshal of Gatlinburg’s 44th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. Alyvia Alyn Lind, the actor portraying a young Dolly Parton in the 2015 movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” has been named as the Grand Marshal for the city’s 44th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade on December 6. The city also announced that the event will be broadcast in over 100 television markets during the holiday season, up significantly from 30 markets last year.

“We are so excited to announce Alyvia Alyn Lind as the grand marshal of this year’s parade,” said Mark Adams, CEO/President of Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “She did such an amazing job portraying Sevier County’s most cherished daughter as Dolly Parton in the ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ and we hope this feels like a homecoming for her. We are honored to have her and excited for her to experience our vibrant parade with spectacular lights, costumes and music.”

Aside from her role in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” Lind is also known for her role as Faith Newman in the CBS daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless” and for portraying Parton again in the 2016 movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” Currently, Lind stars as Angelica in the new Netflix series “Daybreak.”

Named as one of the top holiday parades in the country, this year’s event will enjoy a larger national audience than ever before. City officials announced that the festivities will be broadcast Christmas week on local television stations in over 100 markets throughout the United States, over 70 more markets than last year.

“The increased national exposure we’ll be receiving this year through extended television coverage is phenomenal,” Adams added. “Who wouldn’t want to be in Gatlinburg during the holidays? The Festival of Light Christmas Parade broadcast will give millions of Americans the opportunity to experience a Smoky Mountain Christmas from afar, and hopefully we’ll see them here in person soon.”

The Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade takes place on December 6 at 7:30 p.m. on the Downtown Parkway and will feature sights and sounds of Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic. Floats will be decorated with one-of-a-kind displays of LED lights, marching bands, large balloons, dancers, and holiday characters. Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot on the Parkway to watch the parade.

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