Tuesday, November 19, 2019

St. Paddy's Day Parade Survives

The St. Paddy's Day Parade will be here for at least another year. The Clarion-Ledger reported today:

Thanks to a couple of donations made at the last minute, parade organizers of the Hal's St. Paddy's Parade & Festival have secured the funding necessary to pay for parade insurance and rent hundreds of specialty barricades....

This year's parade will take place on March 28. The theme is "Here's looking at Rude Men."

The parade and festival has been an ongoing Jackson tradition since it began in 1983.

After hearing of the parade concerns, Visit Jackson stepped in with a $15,000 donation and Downtown Jackson Partners contributed another $10,000. The $25,000 helped parade organizers raise the $45,000 needed to hold the parade, White said. ...

t costs about $30,000 to rent the 1,500 "specialty" barricades for the parade. The barricades are interlocking, and without gaps, to prevent people — especially children— from walking in and out of the parade route.

The cost to purchase the barricades outright is $80,000, not including the cost of storage and transportation, White said..... Rest of article.
Ok, this is what a tourism bureau is for, not propping up failed convention centers.


Anonymous said...

The key words here are:

"will be here for at least another year "

It was obvious from the Press Conference, this is their last year in Jackson.

( Unless the City of Jackson's Administration get's off their collective asses ).

Anonymous said...

Jackson has a tourism bureau?

Anonymous said...

Yes, 5:56. They also provide bail bond services.

Anonymous said...

Jackson has tourism? :)

Anonymous said...

The reason Jackson does not have the necessary parade barricades is due to the fact that they are in use across the city at bars and nightclubs. Specifically, Freelons, King of Diamonds, One Block East, and even Hal and Mals. The last time I drove by Hal and Mals there must have been 30 to 40 scattered in front of their building. What a joke!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, they drive in during the day for work and leave before dark.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

556- I think they have two

Anonymous said...

7:25 well a few fact fails for you. The issue is proper barricades, if you had read any of the stories concerning the issues of barricades for the parade, ; second any barricades near Hal and Mals are to block off the parking lot by Martins, owned by their company that leases it to jury parking and other parking for Hinds county business.

Anonymous said...

This 'parade' is a mere shadow of what it once was.

Face the facts, it's on life support.

It's time to move it into the suburbs.

But that's Mr. White's call.

Anonymous said...

8:32pm. So you’re saying that Hal and Mals needs several dozen barricades stacked in front of their building 12 months out of the year, correct? Blocking the lot on parade day is understandable and is so Hal and Mals can fully monetize the event. While it is a charitable event, losing the revenue of that week would be devastating to Hal and Mal’s.

The city purchases those barricades for public use, not to be “borrowed” indefinitely by private businesses.

Anonymous said...

This is stupid, if it raises sooo much money, why does Malcolm need the city’s help. The only person that should be paying for barricades and insurance is the one making money and that is not City of Jackson. That is Hal and Mals and Malcolm’s crew. If it’s his event, he should pay insurance and barricades. Just like any other business, it needs to stand on its own without our tax dollars, Dumb Dumb Dumb, He should pay law enforcement,,,too

Anonymous said...

They will have one in 2020 and see how it goes. If it continues in decline they will see if a suburban area wants to sponsor it and if not they will call it a good run and shut it down.

Anonymous said...

No suburb is going to want a drunk fest in their area

Anonymous said...

It’s clear that the Mayor simply resents white people coming into his town to have a good time if they don’t live here. It’s bitter petty resentment. Same attitude about the zoo. I recall his comments that white people won’t come to the zoo unless there’s a beer event. I’m waiting for something similar about the parade.

Side note, the county should chip in for the small cost to secure buying the barricades instead of leasing them. They helped with the zoo, why not the parade?

Anonymous said...

Just move it to the Farish Street Entertainment District. I'm sure there some federal money laying around that could be thrown at it!

Anonymous said...

5:58PM, then why not oblige the "wants Jackson to be the most radical city" Mayor?

Let him keep his high crime city...and let him stay out of ours.

P. S. did he really say "white people won’t come to the zoo unless there’s a beer event?" If so is there a link or vid to support this?

Anonymous said...

I hope the fucking thing folds up like a cheap suit!!!

Anonymous said...

I used to go and have a great time in my younger years. I believe a lot of the crowd has gotten older and many realize its not worth the hassle. Used to you didn't have to pay a fortune to park. No days you have the hustlers out barricading parking lots that were free parking on parade weekend forcing you to pay not knowing if they are employed by the lot owner. Cars broken into, having to set up the day before to get a good spot, fights, etc. At some point I, as well as others, said screw it, it's not worth it anymore.


37 yo white male who used to have a large time at the parade.

Anonymous said...

7:39, just another SJW too stupid to admit Jackson is a sewer. Guess facts don't count to libs.

Go on back to your little safe place in Fondren and drink your Shirley Temples.

Anonymous said...

Is no one else going to comment on the theme: "Here's Looking at Rude Men"? I predict a woke focus that's mostly anti-Trump and anti-white-hetero-males. I'd love to be proven wrong on this.

Turned Off By Busty Green Wimmin... said...

Don't worry about 'the suburbs' chomping at the bit to import a parade of drunks witnessed by a gathering of other drunks. It won't happen.

I doubt barricades have a damned thing to do with anything. Who owns the fairgrounds and the hundreds of barricades stored in barns on that property? Besides, if a venue requires iron barricades strung together with bailin' wire to keep drunks from wandering into the parade route, what does that tell us anyway?

There are only two issues at play here and they are:

1) Mr. White's establishment making money.

3) Mayor Lumumba keeping white folks out of Jackson.

TheClintonscantsuicideusall said...

Barricades, what self respecting drunk needs barricades. Can't see this coming to any, as I choke on my vomit, Christian locale in the future.

Anonymous said...

@5:01 AM, I echo your comment. Madison, Brandon, Flowood, Clinton, etc. are not going to want that headache in their city; Ridgeland might. It won't upset me one bit of 2020 is it's last hooray.

Anonymous said...

This St. Paddy's thing reminds me of football game day tailgating. It's great as long as it does not become toooo big. It then defeats it's own purpose and gets out of control. The tail wags the dog and resources never intended for crowd control become necessary. The thing should be restructured or it will die of it's own bloat.

Anonymous said...

So pelahatchie has a stomp fest, madison has a skrawberry fest, Pearl has pearl day, Flowood has Flowood day.....let the man do what he wants. There are people who really hate Jackson on here. If you don’t like it then why are you so concerned with Kf’s blog? Go read mayor Mary’s blog. But if you don’t like something keep your mouth shut. Nobody really cares. The sweet tater queens used to bring a lot of money from all over. I never saw them but I never complained. Just be happy your on the top side of earth.

Anonymous said...

Another example....news reports the unveiling of a historic marker in downtown Jackson TODAY marking the original HQ of the Southeastern Conference. Several university presidents attended as did the SEC president. No mayor. Too many white people at this downtown event. I'm surprised he let them have the ceremony.

Anonymous said...

7:38, here's a quote from an Aug 14 2018 interview (I saw a video of it, but this quote is from the JFP unfortunately)

"if west Jackson is such a deterrent for people to visit the zoo, then what leads them to abandon that fear during these special events?" The mayor asked the room rhetorically. "What leads them to say, 'I'm afraid of west Jackson, but if you've got blues in the park, I'll come. I'm afraid of west Jackson, but if you've got beer, I can maybe get past that fear."

Anonymous said...

Man,You people are some haters!! Jackson has lots to offer and the parade is a highlight of the year. Lots of folks come out and there is plenty of kid friendly activity happening. Thank you Malcom, as a team, we can grow this event and this city.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:46,

I'm not sure if you're trolling or if you really believe that, but the fact remains that parade is on life support.

Years ago it really was a great event.

But then again . . . once upon a time . . . a visit to the Jackson Zoo was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

Anonymous said...

No 9:18, that's not why we don't want that goat rope in our cites.....we have functioning governments, low crime, good streets and clean neighbor hoods with working schools.

We don't want it here because, people with your and Chokeway's mind set might see what its like to not live in a sewer and we sure don't want you to like it and move here and turn it into every other city dim-o-cRATs have destroyed.

It still amazes me that you want to be soooo progressive, you're willing ignore every thing wrong with dim-o-crat logic of we'll keep giving away everything to buy your vote.

Anonymous said...

When the City of Jackson holds its Christmas parade, or the Black Rodeo parade, why don't they use the barricades?

Anonymous said...

Move it to the Suburbs? What parade around Dicks and Lowe’s and the 5000 baseball fields preparing all of our future major leaguers?

Anonymous said...

The reason 10:22 is one has to be literate enough to read & understand:


Those that can are at their jobs at McDonalds, Taco Bell and KFC.

Anonymous said...

Hal & Mals have not paid property taxes in years! Look it up on Hinds county tax assessor website. They also did not make lease payments to the state of MS for years! To make things worse the legislature passed a bill allowing them to buy the property without a competitive bidding process. He gets appointed to a position he’s is not qualified for! In summary, the tax payers of MS get screwed on multiple levels by HM’s and whatever loser passed the bill. They should not own the property they sit on when they never paid lease fees, taxes or anything else! Complete bullshit! Look it up, we the tax payers got screwed!! Parade my ass

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