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!