Mal's St.Paddys Parade
 
 
Mal's St. Paddy's Parade is one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country. Find a place on the route and plan to spend your day with over 60,000 rambunctious revelers partaking in the fun.
Have a club of your own? Want to build a float? Join the parade! There is also the 5k Run, Pet Parade, and Children's Parade and Festival among other events throughout the weekend.
We love our sponsors because they've helped make everything possible. If you're interested in becoming a Mal's St. Paddy's Parade sponsor as well, let us know.
 
 
About the Parade

Central Mississippi's annual celebration of Spring has been described as a "green Mardi Gras" and as a "lighthearted homecoming where everyone is king-and-queen-for a-day." It is also a celebration of the rebirth of Mississippi's capital city, a joyous celebration of what is "good and encouraging" about the heart of our state. It is a day where sense of humor and sense of place rule the day. It is a time to honor the good work of the UMC's Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. It is a rambling, outrageous, hilarious ride, starting and ending at Jackson's favorite gathering place, Hal & Mal's.

Mal's St. Paddy's Parade is many things to many people, but regardless of what words or descriptions one chooses to employ, it's really hard to ignore what began in 1983 in Downtown Jackson. The parade, the street dance, the children's activities, the run, the pet parade and all the other creative components under the banner of Mal's St. Paddy's Parade are permitted by the City of Jackson and Hinds County.

The festivities are all open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate.

 
 
History of the Parade

Back in the early '80s, Malcolm White got a permit from the city, grabbed some friends, and had a little group stroll up Capitol Street. Dressed like characters from the plays of Tennessee Williams, those in the group were determined to have a good time, but it wasn't just about the fun: White's goal was bigger than that. He wanted to give Jackson the chance to celebrate something uniquely Jacksonian. By combining his love for Mardi Gras, culled from his experiences living in New Orleans in the '70s, with a rites-of-spring, St. Patrick's Day kind of feel, White created something wacky, funny, and extremely original, and it wasn't long before Mal's St. Paddy's Parade became a phenomenon.

You know something's become more than just an event when around it springs up an entire culture. The parade gives people an opportunity to express themselves in ways they can't otherwise, and over the years they have taken advantage of it in ways outlandish and creative and wonderful. From the O'Tux Society to the Krewe of Kazoo, Alabama Shakes to The Rude Men, the parade's been the epicenter for social and parading clubs too numerous to list. Music, too, has become integral–shouldn't expect anything else, this being Mississippi–as Mississippi blues artists and New Orleans-inspired brass bands converge on Downtown Jackson every year for both the parade and the slew of post-parade parties that carry on long into the night. Not the least of which, by the way, takes place over at Hal & Mal's, where, thirty years ago, it all got started.

 
 
Event Schedule

Friday, March 20, 2015

  • 05:00pm - Hal's Marching MALfunction
    Where: King Edward Hotel on Capitol Street More information to come soon

Saturday, March 21, 2015

  • 07:00am - Float Lineup begins
  • 08:00am - St. Paddy's 5k Run
    (5K Run, 5K Walk, 1 Mile Fun Run) Where: Pascagoula St. at the Jackson Convention Complex More information to come soon
  • 09:00am - WLBT Children's Festival Where: S. Lamar Street in front of MS Museum of Art
  • 10:00am - Pet Parade presented by MARL Where: S. Lamar Street in front of MS Museum of Art
  • 11:00am - Children's Parade Where: S. Lamar Street in front of MS Museum of Art
  • 01:00pm - PARADE STARTS Where: Corner of State Street and Court Street
  • After Parade (no coolers or pets)
    Where: Hal & Mal's Awards Ceremony & OFFICIAL After Party
    Featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dumpstaphunk,
    Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath and Roxy Roca!
    $20 advance, $25 gate. Must be 18 or older to attend.
    Tickets available at Hal & Mal's or online at www.ardenland.net »
 
 
About the Parade

Mal's St. Paddy's Parade starts at the corner of State St. and Court St. in Downtown Jackson, Mississippi and makes its way up to East Pearl St. and then on to South Lamar St. where it makes it's way back to Court St.

 
 
 
Sponsoring the Parade
Capital City Beverages
WLBT
Mississippi Media
Clarion-Ledger

Now's your chance to associate your business with the biggest extravaganza in town. Attach your company to the Mal's St Paddy's Parade and bask in the instant name recognition that comes with being part of an event that attracts the eyes of thousands. For more info on becoming a Parade sponsor, send us an email.

 
 
History of the Parade

The parade is limited to 50 motor vehicle entries on a "First Come, First Serve" basis. Floats are judged by the Buckethead Judges who are keenly aware of the "home made" and spontaneous character of Mal's St. Paddy's Parade and especially appreciate participants whose presentation embodies this tradition.

Important Dates

February 9 - Application Deadline
February 13 - Floats notified only if they are NOT accepted. If you have applied and do not hear from the committee, you are in the parade.
February 17 - Mandatory information and Public Safety meeting
6:00 p.m. at Hal & Mal's
*ONE representative from each float must be present at this meeting

Download the Rules and Registration Form »

2015 Theme: Bringing Home the Grammyphone

For over half a century, bluesman Bobby Rush—this year’s Grand Marshal and a 2014 Grammy nominee—has been Mississippi’s unforgettable blues ambassador, from Lincoln Center to the chitlin circuit. And so, in his honor, we celebrate all the world class musicians and music of our state, as well as the coming of the Mississippi Grammy Museum to Cleveland, MS in 2015.

 
 
History of the Parade

Downtown Jackson–it's the beating heart of Mississippi, the center of expression for our culturally-rich state, our capital, and our economic hub. It has great music venues and restaurants like Hal & Mal's, amazing hotels like the King Edward, and enthralling museums like the Mississippi Museum of Art. A walk down Capitol Street reveals Downtown's fine architecture and unique Southern urban ambience, which you can't find anywhere else. Downtown isn't just a place filled with things to do and people to see–it's an experience, a continuing story in which you can be the protagonist. Downtown Jackson is what the Mal's St. Paddy's Parade calls home, and so for that and many more reasons than we can mention, Downtown's where you need to be.

To Learn more about Jackson, check out these websites:
Visit Mississippi
Visit Jackson
City of Jackson
Downtown Jackson Partners

 
 
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