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Miss Mississippi 2021 brings parade, contestants back to Vicksburg

It’s been a while since Vicksburg has had a parade.

Covid shuttered everything for more than a year.

But with the rollout of the vaccines, everything is getting back to normal and on Monday, spectators will have an opportunity to line the streets for the Miss Mississippi parade, which will kick off at 7 p.m. on Washington Street.

This year 39, candidates will be competing for the title.

David Blackledge, Miss Mississippi Corporation executive director, said most of the candidates who were poised to compete last year are returning.

“There were only a few who had other obligations,” Blackledge said.

While the competitions do not begin until Wednesday night, all 39 of the candidates made their way to the River City Saturday, for the crowing of their Magnolia Belles and Beaus.

The Magnolia Belles and Beaus is a program designed to give boys and girls from ages 7 to 10 the opportunity to have their own Miss Mississippi experience. Each Belle or Beau works with and is mentored by Miss Mississippi candidates throughout the year.

During the competitions, the Belles and Beaus have the opportunity to share the stage with their respective candidate during the red carpet phase. They are also part of the production.

The Miss Mississippi preliminary competitions will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the final night of competition, where the top 10 will be named and re-compete, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. All competitions will be held at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd.

Tickets for all four nights of the competition are $125 and are available at the Miss Mississippi Corporation office, 820 South St. on the fourth floor or by calling 601-638-6746.

This year, the Miss Mississippi competition will also be live-streamed, and Blackledge said packets will be available to buy “much like Pay-Per-View” for $15 a night or $36 for all nights and are available at missmisslive.com.

The last night of the competition will be televised on WLBT.

Other events planned for the week include autograph signings, which are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at George Carr Buick GMC, 2950 S. Frontage Road, and at 10 a.m. Thursday in downtown Vicksburg stores.

In years past, an autograph party was held following the parade, but this year there will only be the two listed autograph sessions. To ensure candidates remain safe during the week of competition, social distancing will be observed at all autograph parties, which means there will be no photographs taken during the events, Blackledge said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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