Vicksurg, MS is the Red Carpet City of the South

By Kevin Litwin on April 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm EST

Vicksburg is a welcoming and fun-loving community that offers an array of festivals for people of all ages. Those events are a big reason why Vicksburg has earned a reputation as The Red Carpet City of the South.

The festive year of activities kicks off in the middle of February with an annual Vicksburg Mardi Gras Ball in the Southern Cultural Heritage Auditorium. The ball begins at 8 p.m. with top-level live musical entertainment, and it follows an annual Mardi Gras Parade that starts at 4 p.m. on Washington Street in the downtown district.

One of the most popular celebrations in the city each year is Riverfest, which is known for its musical concerts on the streets of downtown Vicksburg. Riverfest takes place each April on a Friday night and continues the following Saturday and Saturday night.

The city also hosts an annual Chamber Music Festival each April, with world-class musicians performing throughout the month. The chamber music concerts are scheduled at a variety of Vicksburg’s historic locations.

A Juneteenth Heritage Celebration, the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery, is held on the second or third Saturday in June. Also in June is a Civil War Living History re-enactment at Vicksburg National Military Park and Cemetery.

In October, a Historic Downtown Fall Festival features a weekend of old-fashioned family fun on the bluffs, complete with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and children’s activities. In December, a Confederate Christmas Ball takes place at the Old Courthouse Museum.

Other activities that draw the community together each year include a Fourth of July Extravaganza and a Pilgrimage Tour of Homes.

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