Sweet Potato Queens have invaded Jackson. The wacky fun-filled Zippity Doo Dah weekend has already begun in historic Fondren. The festivities began with the Queen's luncheon Friday at Sal and Mookies restaurant.
Ladies from all over the country strutted their stuff. I talked with boss Queen, Jill Conner Browne Friday. "Are you ready for this weekend? Absolutely there is still a lot of zippity in my doo dah."
Yes indeed and the other Queens agree. I ran into the Moonshine Mama's hail from Virginia and others from around the country.
This year Vietnam veterans will be honored for their service to our country.
This event has raised some $260 thousand dollars in the past 3 years for Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson.
Here is a list of activities:
Activities begin with Dancing in the Streets with The Bouffants on Duling Avenue on Friday night and conclude on Saturday with the BancorpSouth Zippity Doo Dah® Parade, a nighttime "Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans" patriotic parade throughout Fondren's historic business district . The parade will feature the world-famous Sweet Potato Queens®, lead by Jill Conner Browne.
Erik Hearon, a 40 year Air Force and Air National Guard veteran who rides with Mississippi's Patriot Guard motorcycle group, will organize motorcyclists from across the state to help kick off the parade.
Other events on Saturday include a Children's Character Breakfast, the 2nd annual Color Me Rad 5k, Sal & Mookie's Street Carnival and an arts & crafts marketplace throughout Fondren's historic business district.