Zippity Doo Dah Schedule 2013

Courtesy Tom Beck


All Zippity Doo Dah events take place in Fondren or at the Hilton Jackson hotel (1001 E. County Line Road). The hotel offers a special rate for visiting Sweet Potato Queens and guests. For the details, visit sweetpotatoqueens.com or call Billie Burns at 601-957-2800. Mention the bathrobe brunch if you want to get the guest rate.

Sweet Potato Queens Zippity Doo Dah weekend passes are $74. To order weekend passes, visit zddparade.com. Passes will be available for pickup at the Hilton Jackson at the beginning of the weekend.

Thursday, March 21

5:30 p.m. -- Arts, Eats and Beats begins in Fondren, featuring live music, battle of the bands, food specials and local art on display.

Noon-midnight. The Come-On-In Party at Fitzgerald's at the Hilton Jackson begins, featuring music by "Missicians" from across the state.

Friday, March 22

11 a.m. -- The Big Hat Brunch starts at Sal & Mookie's (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919). Brunch is not included in the weekend pass--call 601-368-1919 or email [email protected] for reservations. Tickets are $21 in advance and $26 at the door. During brunch, cast your votes for local bakers' creations in the cake decorating competition or compete in the best hat contest.

11 a.m. -- The Unzipped Runway Fashion Show begins at The Cedars (4145 Old Canton Road, 601-366-5552). NOTE: The Runway show has moved to the Hilton Jackson due to possibly inclement weather.

2-5 p.m. -- The Everyday Gourmet's Annual Wannabe Welcome Party is at The Everyday Gourmet (1625 E. County Line Road, 601-977-9258). The event is included in the weekend pass, and buses will transport guest between the Everyday Gourmet, the Hilton Jackson and Sal & Mookie's from 10:45 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

3-7 p.m. -- Chillin', Gossipin', Tellin' Lies, with snacks and music in Fitzgerald's at the Hilton.

6 p.m. -- The Budweiser Clydesdales Restaurant Hop makes its way through Fondren. NOTE: The restaurant hop has been canceled due to possibly inclement weather.

9 p.m.-midnight. -- Pearls, PJs & Pelo Grande takes over the Hilton Jackson grand ballroom. Attendees are encouraged to wear pajamas, jewels and their biggest hairstyles (Pelo Grande means oversized hair-dos). A prize will go to the best hairstyle. Kacey Jones, Raphael Semmes, Jewel Bass, These Days will perform. Admission is included in the weekend pass; no tickets will be sold at the door. Concurrently, Krazy Karaoke will also be held at the Hilton Jackson.

Saturday, March 23

All Day -- The Fondren area offers activities, music, sales, special events and more throughout the day.

9 a.m. -- The Color Me Rad 5K begins at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St., 601-354-6021), with waves of runners beginning every 20 minutes. Runners can pick up packets at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 N. State St., 601-948-8650) Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registration is sold out, but spectators are welcome. Visit colormerad.com for more information.

10 a.m. -- The Patty Peck Honda Doo Dah Day Blue Car Giveaway takes place at the stadium after the last wave of runners finishes. The winner will receive a new Honda Civic. Opportunities to purchase or win raffle tickets are available throughout the weekend. For details or to purchase raffle tickets, visit foch.org/events/zippity-doo-dah-parade-and-festival/. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Children's Hospital.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Sal & Mookie's Sixth Annual Children's Carnival is held on the green space by the restaurant.

Dusk --Third Annual Zippity Doo Dah Parade in Fondren

5 p.m. -- Mini-float line up at the Stadium. 

6 p.m. -- Marchers line up at the Stadium.

7ish p.m. -- The parade begins, led by the Budweiser Clydesdales. Visit fondren.org for the parade route.

9:30 p.m. -- The Sweet Potato Queens Ball begins at the Hilton Jackson, featuring Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers. Attendees are encouraged to remain in their parade costumes. Admission is included in the weekend pass, no tickets will be sold at the door.

Sunday, March 24

8:30 a.m. -- Bathrobe Brunch at the Hilton Jackson begins. Tickets are $20 advance purchase for Hilton Jackson room guests, $29 in advance for non-hotel guests and $39 at the door. Jill Conner Browne speaks at 9:30 a.m.


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