Fab businesses and residents are needed to insure the success of the first annual Zippity Doo Dah® parade. Yes, this the Sweet Potato Queens® annual descent upon Jackson is a major feature of this weekend, but it is about so much more than that. Every aspect of this event is geared to raise funds for the Blair Batson Children’s Hospital located right here in Fondren. Volunteers will be needed in multiple areas.  To learn how you can assist blue birds land on the shoulders of the many children and their parents who pass through Batson Children’s Hospital, attend the informational meeting to be held at Duling Hall on Monday, January 10 at 5:45 p.m.
The Fondren parade is not to be confused with the annual Hal & Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade. That event is the week before. It is lots of fun, and you are encouraged to enjoy the frivolity it offers, but it is not the Queens’ parade. The queens will be participating in the Fondren Zippity Doo Dah® weekend & parade which begins on Thursday evening the 24th with a special “Fondren after 5” emphasis. Fondren will host a full day of activities on Saturday and it will all be family friendly. The Market in Fondren will open for the season with increased vendors of regional arts & crafts scattered across the central business district. The Magnolia Roller Vixens will dress out in special “bullish” regalia for the first ever “Fondren Running of the Bulls” (be ready to run guys).
Sal & Mookies’ Children’s Carnival will run from 10am until 3pm in the grove below Veteran’s memorial Stadium. Stores and restaurants will be open all day, and then at dusk, the Zippity Doo Dah® Parade rolls down the street with brightly lit golf cart “floats” and Queens dressed in regalia strutting their stuff.  This is one event in Fondren that you will want to tell others you helped become reality.
Fondren Association of Businesses contributed to this report