"Forty Years of All That Jazz" - Grand Marshal two-time Grammy winner, Cassandra Wilson
Central Mississippi's annual celebration of Spring has been described as a "green Mardi Gras" and as a "lighthearted homecoming where everyone is king-and-queen-for a-day." It is also a celebration of the rebirth of Mississippi's capital city, a joyous celebration of what is "good and encouraging" about the heart of our state. It is a day where sense of humor and sense of place rule the day. It is a time to honor the good work of Children’s of Mississippi. It is a rambling, outrageous, hilarious ride down Capitol Street, starting and ending at Jackson's favorite gathering place, Hal & Mal's.
Hal’s St. Paddy's Parade & Festival is many things to many people, but regardless of what words or descriptions one chooses to employ, it's really hard to ignore what began in 1983 in Downtown Jackson. The parade, the street dance, the children's activities, the run, the pet parade and all the other creative components under the banner of Hal’s St. Paddy's Parade & Festival are permitted by the City of Jackson and Hinds County.
The festivities are all open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate.