Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mardi Gras Parade & Gumbo Cook-Off

Last Saturday was a perfect day for the Mardi Gras Parade and cook-off but unfortunately I had to miss both because I had already made plans to go out-of-town.  Here are a few photos that was taken by my Facebook friend, Brandi Bryant Hoxie, of the events.  My classmates who live in town that did not go and for those that live out-of-town, I wanted to show you what you missed.  Maybe next year you can come and enjoy the fun.  I sure hope to be there and that the weather will be just as nice.

Southern Cultural Heritage Center formally our Alma Mater, SFXA.

Under the tree-shaded south side of Crawford Street and across the street from the site of the political rally from the movie "Oh, Brother Where Art Thou," cauldrons boiled and bubbled, sending the aroma of sausage, chicken, duck, seafood and other delicious scents over and through the throng of people waiting in line for their taste of the cooks' art. 

The Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation's fourth annual Carnaval de Mardi Gras and Gumbo Cook-off at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center drew an estimated 1,500 people who queued up at tents and booths bearing the names, 'Quack Attack," "Em Cluckers," "Mud Bugs," "Redwood Rednecks," "Nobie's" and "Gumbones Hedz" for a taste of the dish that is part of the Gulf south's culture as Cajun, New Orleans brass band and zydeco music floated out through several speaker systems.

Warmer weather with the high temperature in the mid-60's and clear skies cooling to 60 helped the mood of the event.  Three booths, Riverwalk Casino's Rocky's Roux Dawgs and May & Company, serving the more traditional seafood gumbo.  Roux Crew's offering included shrimp, crab and oysters.

One booth, Quack Attack, operated by Jeff Richardson and Ty Wamsley, offered duck andouille sausage gumbo to the sounds of  zydeco music. "These are ducks shot right here in the MS Delta," Wamsley said.  

Mud Bugs offered another variation on the chicken and sausage recipe with a turducken gumbo featuring chicken, duck and turkey meat and gumbo. 

Roux Dawgs took first place in the seafood gumbo category, winning $200 and a free entry for next year's competition.  May & Company finished second, with Riverwalk Casino placing third.  In the non-seafood gumbo category, Novie's took first place and the $200 prize and free entry for the 2016 competition, Redwood Rednecks finished second, while J. Daddy Parms was third.  Nobie's also had the best booth display.  The Creek Krewe received the people's choice award. 

Mike and Jan Cronin Jackson enjoying the cook-off!

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