Walk, concert, parade set for Nov. 8 downtown

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 25, 2008

Three events — a walk, a concert and a parade — are set for Nov. 8 along Washington Street in downtown Vicksburg.

The first, Let’s Go Walkin’ in Downtown Vicksburg, will kick off at 9 a.m. at River Stage Plaza.

“It’s a kickoff for Let’s Go Walkin’ Mississippi,” said Kim Hopkins, Vicksburg Main Street’s interim executive director. “All the Main Street programs across the state will do one that day. I think about 50 programs are participating. It’s a time when communities across the state will show their commitment to living healthy lives.”

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Three downtown events are set for Nov. 8. They are:

* Let’s Go Walkin’ in Downtown Vicksburg — 9 a.m., River Stage Plaza on Washington Street.

* Veteran’s Day parade — 10 a.m., along Washington Street.

* MUDJam — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., River Stage Plaza.

Let’s Go Walkin’ is a statewide campaign that stresses exercise and health. Tips on getting started, setting goals, staying motivated and increasing your steps, as well as a list of places to walk in Mississippi, are at www.letsgowalkinms.com.

“We have a mile route planned but you don’t have to walk the mile if you don’t want to,” said Hopkins. “It’s just mainly so we can promote health.”

An hour after the walk, at 10 a.m., Vicksburg’s annual Veteran’s Day parade will roll on Washington Street.

The day will round out with MUDJam, a twice-a-month downtown concert series featuring local artists. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sam Brady and Friends will perform at River Stage Plaza.

MUDJam, Musicians Unleashed Downtown, was started two years ago by city communications director and local musician Barry Graham, and is returning this fall and next spring after having been shelved in 2007.

“The main purpose of MUDJam is to welcome local musicians of all types, ages and groups, and give them an opportunity to showcase their talents downtown,” said Graham.

The concerts will take place the second and fourth Saturday in November, and will resume next spring on a biweekly schedule in March, April and May.

Graham said he is still looking to book acts for the second concert in November and those in the spring. Those interested can call 601-619-7899. The city is sponsoring the stage, paying the bands a nominal fee for performing and will provide sound equipment for small and moderate-sized groups.

Those who perform at MUDJam will be asked to conduct an interview with TV23, said Graham, which will be shown with clips from the performances.

“It will be a great way for local musicians to get some exposure, and it should draw people downtown on Saturday afternoons during the times of year when the weather is great,” he said.