Hal & Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade

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For the past 35 years, thousands of local Jacksonians and visitors from around the country have flocked to downtown every March for the delightful craziness of Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival, which has been voters’ choice for Best Annual Event since the Jackson Free Press first added the category in 2010.

Over the years, the New Orleans-inspired St. Patrick’s Day parade has evolved into a wide-ranging, uniquely Jackson event, complete with a 5K run, a pet parade, a children’s festival, a second-line march, and of course, a top-notch music festival that has featured artists such as Robert Randolph, Freedom, The Molly Ringwalds and Sweet Crude.

While details on the next installment are still forthcoming, longtime festivalgoers are no doubt already looking at the theme for 2019, “A Magical Mystery Tour,” for creative costume and float ideas. —Micah Smith

WINNER: Best Annual Event

Address: Hal&Mal’s, 200 Commerce St, Jackson, MS 39201

Phone number: 601-948-0888

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