Author: connorhegwood

Jackson's the place to be for St. Patrick's Day weekend and this is why

March is a great time to explore the capital city, especially if you make it in time for the city’s iconic St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  BY NATALIE WEST Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade, Jackson’s largest cultural celebration, began as a small group of fun-loving friends strolling through the streets of the capital city dressed in costumes inspired by the plays of Tennessee Williams. It has been 34 years since local restaurateur and beloved cultural icon Malcolm White filed that first parade permit and led his merry band of revelers down Capitol Street, creating an annual tradition for tens of thousands of equally eccentric, expressive, creatively innovative, green-clad parade-goers. On Saturday, March 18, the organizers of Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade and Festival expect as many as 80,000 onlookers celebrating the luck of the Irish in the heart of Mississippi. This year’s theme is “Happy St. Perennial on Our Bicentennial,” marking Mississippi’s 200th year of statehood. In honor of their important role in Mississippi’s history, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are this year’s grand marshals. There’s no better way to celebrate the Magnolia State’s bicentennial than a trip to the capital city during this uniquely Jackson rite of spring. WHAT TO DO  DRINK LOCAL On Friday, March 17, Hal’s Marching MAL-Function from Cathead Distillery to Hal & Mal’s celebrates the parades origins by recreating that first raucous stroll through...

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