From March 21-24, Jackson, MS was a sea of tiaras as women (and some men) came from all walks of life to celebrate the power of play, to raise money for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, to meet new friends and hang out with old friends.
Armed with tiaras, blingy jewelry , false eyelashes, wigs and more- we set out to make the long weekend even more fun than the previous year. This year was even more special because Aunt Faye was turning 100 in April- and she was going to be the Grandmaster of the Parade.
Friday- if you were in Fondren, you may have seen more big hats than you ever could imagine. At Sal and Mookie’s, the Big Hat Luncheon was happening- the food was good, the laughs and good times were contagious, and the creativity for big hats was something else. Give some of these women a simple hat, some tulle, hot glue, and other fancy add-ons- and they’ll give you a masterpiece that you can wear.
Friday night, The Bouffants were supposed to perform in Fondren, but due to inclement weather- they came to Hilton. And those ladies put on a show for the Queens. Great songs, fun times- The Bouffants were amazing. Friday was also PJ’s and Pearls- and yes, we really wear PJ’s and Pearls. As we listened to music, ate dinner, had drinks- seeing how cute and creative people could be in PJ’s and Pearls was fun!
Saturday morning was Color Me Rad Run/Walk- it was Jackson’s first time to have CMR- and it was a sold out event. 8,000 people showed up to “get rad with color”! People walked and ran through clouds of color at designated places, and by the end- everyone looked tie-dyed!
Saturday night was the parade. The parade winds through the streets of Fondren (a neighborhood in Jackson). People came out to see the costumes, catch the beads, and the rain stayed away- until the last person was on the bus headed back to the Hilton for the after parade party!
After a fun weekend of hanging with friends, raising money for Blair E. Batson and laughing – it was time for the Bathrobe Brunch- and for saying good-bye to everyone till next year. I can’t wait to see all the fabulous and fantastic ladies for the next ZDD weekend!