Fondren will present the fourth annual Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend March 21 and 22, honoring Vietnam Veterans and raising money for Friends of Children's Hospital.
Activities begin with Dancing in the Streets on Duling Avenue on Friday night and conclude on Saturday with a "Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans" nighttime, patriotic parade throughout Fondren's historic business district. The parade will feature the world-famous Sweet Potato Queens®, lead by Jill Conner Browne.
"For Fondren to take this on, it's an extraordinary honor," said Jim Wiley, a Vietnam veteran who served in 1968, and is chairman of the All-American Service Veterans committee who brought this idea to Fondren's Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend. Wiley said this will be a first-of-its-kind statewide effort to honor those who served in Vietnam.
Erik Hearon, a 40 year Air Force and Air National Guard veteran who rides with Mississippi's Patriot Guard motorcycle group, will organize motorcyclists from across the state to help kick off the parade.
Fondren Renaissance executive director Jim Wilkirson said, "We are humbled by those who have served our country; they are the heroes of today. We, as a people, owe them our debt and gratitude. It is an honor to dedicate this year's parade to their loyalty and service."
Other events on Saturday include a Children's Character Breakfast, the 2nd annual Color Me Rad 5k, Sal & Mookie's Street Carnival and an arts & crafts marketplace throughout Fondren's historic business district.