Memorial Day walking parade set for Monday

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 28, 2010

VIDALIA — Some things need to be remembered, and this Monday Miss-Lou residents will participate in a local tradition geared toward just that.

The annual Memorial Day walking parade from the Vidalia to the Natchez National Cemetery will be Monday.

The parade — which crosses the Mississippi River Bridge — has been a yearly event since before the construction of the bridges.

“It has been going on for many years,” said Vidalian Frank Williams, who participates in the parade and helps the organizers. “When I was just a young boy, they had it when they used to have the ferry here.”

Those who want to participate in the parade will meet up at the Grand Army Hall on Magnolia Street at 8 a.m., Williams said.

The parade will leave the starting point at 8:40 a.m., Williams said.

From there, it will proceed to the bridge and cross the river, stopping at the Natchez Visitor’s Reception Center to rest, Williams said.

When the parade leaves the reception center, it will be escorted to the Natchez National Cemetery, where there will be a brief Memorial Day program featuring both adults and youth from the community.

The program at the cemetery will begin at 11 a.m.