Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday Scenes

Did you know Jackson, MS boast the 4th largest St. Patrick's Day parade? This event started back in 1982 with some friends, pickup trucks and cruising in downtown Jackson.

This past Saturday I got to experience it for myself. We had a beautiful warm day and the crowds were out all decked in green.Now I don't know if you have ever heard of the Sweet Potato Queens but these folks know how to have fun! There were over 11 groups of them this year with some coming as far away as Indonesia. Here's a little sampling of the groups......................Do these girls look like they're having fun or what?!?! I told my hubbie I wanted to be a Sweet Potato Queen!Every St. Patty's Day parade has to have a bagpipe band. I can't imagine how hard it is to play one of these things but I love the sound.How about this old truck used as a float? Maybe not, but I think it's pretty neat looking.This was more of a typical float in the parade. Notice the port-a-potty? Only in MS will you ever see this!!! At first I couldn't figure out why all floats had these on board. When we were walking out I figured out why.......................The parade was about 3 hours long. Maybe that's a little too long for us less-partying types. This celebration does have a good cause though. It is a fundraiser for the childrens hospital. To date they have raised over $300,000. One last thing I need to mention. See this pile of beautifully colored beads, they must weigh about 5 pounds and I wore them home from the parade. These things are flung off those floats at people. The green sash was given to me by one of the King Queens from Memphis. These ladies were dressed just like Elvis. They were a hoot!

Hope you enjoyed the parade. I certainly did!




42 comments:

Ginger said...

I didn't get to go this year, but it is always fun! In fact, I've been to the parade in Washington DC and enjoyed Jackson's more!
As one of the more partying types, I can definitely see how the port-a-potties, though tacky, are necessary! LOL!
Have a good week!

Elise said...

That looks like it was a lot of fun. Cleveland has a big Parade for Saint Patrick's day too, but I didn't have the chance to go.

Susie said...

Ginger-The parade was fun! We had such a beautiful day to go so we were happy with that. After 3 hours we could certainly understand the necessity of the port-a-potties!

Elise-Sorry you missed the parade. We did enjoy ours!

George said...

I didn't realize Jackson had such a big St. Patrick's parade. It may not be well-known, but it sure looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing the parade with us.

Daisy said...

Looks like you had a blast, Susie. Wow! Look at all those beads. We don't have a St. Patrick's day parade here. Mostly parades here are during the summer, and they don't throw beads. They throw wrapped candies to the kids. I enjoyed the photos. :D

Roses and Lilacs said...

Love the outfits. I wanna be a sweet potato queen too. What fun!
Marnie

Tangerine Kitty said...

WOW 3 hour parade!! Looks like fun.....great photos. You have a great blog!

raccoonlover1963 said...

Hi Susie
Looks like a lot of fun! A couple of those queens kinda scared me! LOL
We don't do anything around here for Saint Patty's day.
Take care and have a great week.
Lisa

Kanak Hagjer said...

Loved the photos, Susie. What costumes...looked like great fun. The beads look lovely too! I especially loved the Elvis types!!

Mildred said...

Fun, colorful pics Susie. In my hometown we have a parade every August and they throw candy and gum to us. I don't think we ever outgrow parades, do you?

Jen said...

Glad you didn't have to do anything foolish to get those beads, or is there something missing from this story. HA.
just kidding--only in New Orleans right.

Jacquie said...

We don't do much celebrating for St. Patty's day here in the Ozarks... but y'all have got your own little MS Mardi Gras going!!

Rose said...

I've never heard of the Sweet Potato Queens. I'm sure I would have remembered if I had ever seen them before:) I had no idea Jackson, MS would have a big St. Patrick's Day Parade. Chicagoans of course pride themselves on their parade, though I've never been. They used to turn the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day, but I think this was discontinued several years ago--probably not a good idea:)

Milah said...

You captured some really funny scenes! That would have been a hoot! Glad you had a good time, you Sweet Potatoe wanna-be!;D

Meadowview Thymes said...

What fun!! I have never been to a St Pat's parade, but always heard they were really festive. And, what a wonderful cause! Worth it to go just for that reason. Thanks for sharing your fun with us! :)

Terri said...

What fun! I am so jealous of all those beads... what exactly did you DO to get all those?? :)

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

That looks like it was a lot of fun! I think I've heard of the Sweet Potato Queens, is it from a book or something? It looks like perfect weather. Thanks for sharing!

Leedra said...

Those beads look like they weigh as much as you do. Looks like a lot of fun.

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Susie said...

George-It was fun and kinda crazy!

Thanks Daisy I'm glad you liked the photos. Wrapped candy wouldn't be bad either.

Marnie-I definitely think those girls know how to have fun!

Thanks Tangerine Kitty-3 hours was probably a little too long.

Lisa-I wish I had gotten photos of all of the groups. Then you might of really be scared.

Kanak-I'm trying to figure out what to do with those beads.

Mildred-No, I don't ever want to outgrow a parade.

Jen-I'm not telling!!! lol

Jacquie-It was kind of like Mardi Gras only a little more sedate, or should I say family oriented.

Rose-There have been books written about them. I think they have been around for a good while.

Milah-Girl I was laughing my head off! I wish I had gotten more pictures. There were so many of them.

Hey Linda you are welcome. We laughed lots.

Terri-As I told Jen I ain't tellin!

Catherine-They do have books out I think. They would probably be fun to read!

Susie said...

Leedra-Well maybe not quite! lol
Now if I can just figure out what to do with them.

Becky said...

What a fun day!!! I LUV the sweet potato queens. I've read a couple of their books and they are a hoot! About those beads.....did you have to show anything to get those sissy?

Susie said...

Sister I ain't tellin! No sir-reee!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Thanks Susie for sharing this parade with us. It reminded me of the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans!!!! We used to get those heavy beads --just in different colors!!!! The best killing was to get a long string of white pearls... Ummmmm!!!

Thanks for sharing a fun day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Darla said...

I bet that was fun!

Deb said...

Susie,

Looks like a fun parade, I love parades, thank you for coming by to visit! Bliss is quite the little mess, but we love her

Susie said...

Betsy-Then I must of done good cause I got two strands of pearls. Haha!

Darla-It was fun!

Susie said...

Deb-I'm sure she is probably like a child of yours as most peoples pets are. Thanks for your visit too!

Dirt Princess said...

Thanks for sharing the pics. I have several friends that live in Jackson, and around Jackson (Madison, Brandon, Florence) they all went and I got to see their pics. Maybe I can make it one year. Looks like a blast. As far as the porta potty float...nothing in Alabama or Mississippi suprises me. When I was in college in Hattiesburg, there was always this one truck parked at K-Mart that had a cinder block in front of his front drivers wheel?????Dunno about that!!!

deedee said...

Thanks for taking me along with you (with the pictures). I had a blast! I want to go next year, too!

Susie said...

Dirt Princess-If you have several friends over here you should come to the next one. Yeah, you can see some craziness here in these two states.

Deedee-I'm glad you enjoyed the parade.

TC said...

They say Pittsburgh's St. Patty's Day Parade is the largest so I'll one (or three) up ya on this. ;~P
(I've never attended. So you've got me on that.)

Felder has told me about those Sweet Potato Queens. And why didn't they toss sweet potato vine plants instead of beads??

Susie said...

TC-That is a great question!!! I wish they would throw out sweet potato vines!

A. Joy said...

Sounds like a great time! How entertaining! Love the costumes, especially the purple fairy! I've never heard of the sweet potato queens either - wonder what the requirements are to become one???

Susie said...

Autumn-I'm not sure what the requirements are. There are books out about them, I think.

Ginger said...

Susie, thanks for giving us a positive ID on the iris! Someone gave me the bulbs a few years ago, but this is the first time one of them has bloomed - and of course I couldn't remember what it was!
My hydrangea looks great! I'm so glad for this rain to give them a good start for making it through the first hot summer!

Sorry if you had technical difficulties at my blog - I decided to be cool like you and Dirt Princess and make my blog "cute," but it took some tries!

Ginger said...

By the way, are you in any gardening clubs or anything like that? I am jealous of this club in Mobile Dirt Princess keeps talking about!!

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Thistledew Farm said...

Who would have thought St Paddy parade in MS???? Loooks very fun and silly! Exactly my kind of parade. Love the beads - you racked them in.

texasdaisey said...

Wow that was colorful. Looks like fun.
Debbie

Susie said...

Ginger-I need to come and look at your blog and see what you have done to it!!!

I'm not in any gardening clubs but I'm sure they're fun. Take care with these impending storms tonight. We were without power from 12:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TC-My ads are from Google. Thanks for the info. I really appreciate it.

Melissa-It was fun and silly!

Thanks Debbie-Colorful fits it perfectly!

marmee said...

i know i left a comment here yesterday. i have no idea what i said but i am glad you have a fun day and the weather was great for it.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.