Clydesdales Returning to Zippity Doo Dah

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We are thrilled to announce today the return of the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales to the 5th annual Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend! Courtesy of Southern Beverage Company, the iconic and majestic horses will appear in Fondren on Friday night March 27 and again on Saturday night, March 28 during the BancorpSouth Zippity Doo Dah® Parade.

“Fondren Renaissance is honored to again host the Budweiser Clydesdales,” says FRF executive director Jim Wilkirson. “To have them once in the weekend’s five year history is impressive, but for them to have been here three times – it’s just unheard of. We believe they always add an element of magic to the festivities and can’t wait for their return late next month.”

Today, we also are announcing the family-friendly Fondren weekend lineup for March 27-28 as follows:

• Friday, March 27 – The Sal & Mookie’s Sweet Potato Queen Big Hat Brunch – 11am – (ticket required)
Friday, March 27 – The Bluz Boys in concert on Duling Avenue and the arrival of the Budweiser Clydesdales – 6pm – Free
• Saturday, March 28 – The Sal & Mookie’s annual Street Carnival – stadium green behind the restaurant 10am – (armband charge)
• Saturday, March 28 – Patty Peck Honda Doo Dah Day Blue Car Giveaway – BancorpSouth – 6pm – (tickets available here – $10)
• Saturday, March 28 – BancorpSouth Zippity Doo Dah® Parade featuring grand marshal, Braveheart writer/director Randall Wallace; the Jackson State University Sonic Boom marching band; “Bravehearts for Batson” – servicemen, first responders and many others who place their lives on the line; and the Sweet Potato Queens® lead by THE sweet potato queen herself, Jill Conner Browne – historic downtown Fondren – dusk (around 7pm) – Free

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Randall Wallace with Jill Conner Browne

Another part of the weekend will be a special appearance – by a gift. “I think it will be cool for the first time to see what our fundraising has done, to see that be a part of the parade,” Wilkirson says of the van purchased for Batson Children’s Hospital’s palliative care unit. “To see that van drive up, transporting those young patients, maybe having it as part of the parade, is heartwarming to know that our funds went to a very tangible cause.”

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© 2016, Fondren Renaissance Foundation