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Feb 17, 2009
2009 Parade

SweetPotatoQueens.com

Dear Y'all

All the CURRENT Parade info is in this letter—BUT FIRST, please note that I will be in WICHITA and TULSA this week reading and signing American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Preserving Your Assets!

Wichita—Watermark Books, 7 PM on Wednesday (Barefoot Wines & Bubbly will be there) and Tulsa—Barnes & Noble, 7 PM on Thursday.

For Florida Queens, I’ll be in West Palm Beach at the Ritz Carlton speaking for the Junior League at a luncheon on Monday, 23 February 2009.

And, for those of you in Mississippi, I’ll be doing a fundraising/awarness building luncheon for the Women’s Fund of Mississippi on Wednesday, 4 March.


And as you will soon see, they are THE SAME PRICE AS LAST YEAR!—thanks to our beloved sponsors— Firefly™ Sweet Tea™ Vodka, Michelob Ultra, Mon Ami Spa & Laser Center, and Comcast

HERE IS WHAT YOUR WEEKEND PASS COVERS:


•    ALL WEEKEND — Unlimited bus rides from the Hilton-Jackson (the O-fficial Host Hotel) to all SPQ™ off-site events—and back, of course!  (The buses run often and they run late between Hal & Mal’s and the Hilton; so, buy a Weekend Pass so you don’t have to worry about drinkin’ &/or drivin’ or trying in vain to find a parking spot. NOTE: You can NOT ride the buses without a Weekend Pass!)

•    FRIDAY — Ride the buses to/from Bravo! Italian Restaurant for the SPQ™ Big Hat Luncheon. After lunch, go downstairs at Highland Village and visit our sponsor—Mon Ami Spa & Laser Center for Queenly Treatment—I get my magic eyelash grower stuff there!

•    FRIDAY — Ride the buses to/from The Everyday Gourmet for the FREE Margarita-Wine-and-Cheese Party! Thank you, Fat Mama's and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly!

•    FRIDAY — Admission to the SPQ™ Ball—featuring These Days with Jewel Bass and between sets, our very own Kacey Jones singing your favorites plus some hilarious new songs from her latest CD, Donald Trump’s Hair, which includes two new songs just for y'all: "The Redheaded Man Who Would Not Move" and "Chocolate Stuff"—followed by admission to the Afterglow at the Hilton!

Be sure to buy lots of raffle tickets at the Ball for your chance to win one of my Special-Made Big-A** Crowns—donated this year by Mon Ami Spa & Laser Center. As always, ALL proceeds go directly to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital—the only hospital in Mississippi where any child can be treated regardless of ability to pay.

•    SATURDAY MORNING — Admission into The Million Queen March™—the Pass allows you to march in the Parade—right behind our float—with thousands of fabulous, like-minded, women…and quite a few Spud Studs…from around the World! Don’t forget—we’re having a actual WEDDING on our float—so you’re a Bridesmaid! You'll also be making a contribution to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.

•    SATURDAY AFTERNOON (IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING The Million Queen March™) — board the buses back to the Hilton for admission to the 2nd Annual SPQ™ Big-A** Barbecue.

Photo Ops on the ACTUAL SPQ™ Float, which will be smack in front of the Hilton, under the portico. You can board the SPQ™ Parade Float for individual or Queen Group shot by Duane Jones, our O-fficial Photographer again this year, who makes a significant contribution to Batson from photo sales of the Weekend Festivities—we LOVE Duane!!! Duane's wonderful photographs will be displayed at the Hilton, across from the SPQ™ Store, all weekend—order LOTS!

Dancing music will be by The Earth Angels, courtesy of Comcast and Michelob Ultra. Our very own Kacey Jones will play between sets.

FREE burgers and stuff provided by the Hilton!

Barefoot, of course, will be there pouring!

JELLO-WRASSLIN’ is back and better than ever! By the Hilton Pool, at 4:30 PM—DON’T BE LATE!  For Parade Virgins: This is an absolutely HILARIOUS fundraiser for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and here’s how it works: The ACTUAL SWEET POTATO QUEENS® get into the jello—which I can tell you, is REEALLY COLD! –and for a $5 (or more, by all means, feel free to give MORE) donation to Batson, YOU CAN JOIN US in the jello for a photo-op! This is the BEST CHRISTMAS CARD you could ever HOPE to come up with—and IT HELPS THE CHIRREN—so come on in!  NOTE: There is NO ACTUAL WRASSLIN’ in the jello—NO EXCEPTIONS—not even for Pippa and Fifi!

There is still time to buy your raffle tickets for the Big-A** Crown provided by Mon Ami Spa & Laser Center —which will be given away at around 9pm, to one lucky Queen—who MUST BE PRESENT and VERY, VERY ENTHUSIASTIC—at The Firefly™ Sweet Tea™ Vodka Pearls & PJs™ Party!

•    SATURDAY NIGHT — at the Hilton—Admission to The Firefly™ Sweet Tea™ Vodka Pearls & PJs™ Party—featuring The Bouffants from Memphis and between sets, our very own Kacey Jones. Karaoke for the Gifted-and-Talented or Not—in another room, of course!

•    The Weekend Pass also includes a donation to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital!

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED A SEPARATE TICKET FOR:


•    The SPQ™ Big Hat Luncheon at Bravo! Italian Restaurant—these are available now and ONLY from Bravo! Call them at 601-982-8111 or go to www.bravobuzz.com.
 
•    The Post-parade Street Dance at Hal & Mal’s—available at the gate.

•    The SPQ™ Bathrobe Brunch at the Hilton on SUNDAY MORNING. These are available online now and will include FREE CHAMPAGNE from our friends at Barefoot Wine & Bubbly!! This event sells out quickly so order ASAP. Thanks to Firefly™ Sweet Tea™ Vodka, Michelob Ultra, Mon Ami Spa & Laser Center, and Comcast the tickets are still only $29! Click HERE to order.

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NO PASSES OR BRUNCH TICKETS WILL BE MAILED

This is not new! You pick them up when you arrive, same as always, in the SPQ™ STORE at the Hilton or at Hal & Mal’s only on Friday during the Ball! As soon as you get it, put it on—you’ll need it with you all weekend!

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THE SPQ™ STORE TIMES:

Shipping Tammy will open the SPQ™ STORE at the Hilton beginning at 11:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 19, and stay open until they get tired. The Store will be open at the Hilton on Friday from 9 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. and then at Hal & Mal’s from 5:30 P.M. until 10 P.M. It will open again at the Hilton on Saturday morning at 9 A.M. and stay open until they close it. The Store will open around 8:00 A.M. Sunday. The SPQ™ STORE will NOT be open at Hal & Mal’s during the Parade!

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We will be advertising locally—so YOU NEED TO ORDER YOUR PASSES EARLY!!!!  Don’t count on buying them once you arrive—we hate to disappoint Queens! This is especially important regarding the SPQ™ Ball on Friday night—because at-the-door tickets are sold for this event and a sell-out is pretty much a given.

There are absolutely NO at-the-door event tickets sold for
the Afterglow, the Big-A** Barbecue or
The Firefly™ Sweet Tea™ Vodka Pearls & PJs™ Party.
YOU MUST HAVE A WEEKEND PASS TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS!


To get into the HILTON from Friday until Sunday morning—YOU MUST HAVE EITHER A HILTON ROOM KEY OR A WEEKEND PASS TO ENTER THE HILTON during these times. This is for Queenly Protection—in order to keep out the Riff as well as the Raff as much as possible.


EVENT SCHEDULE
PLEASE read this!


•    Thirsty Thursday — pretty much all day and into the night in the Lobby Bar at the Hilton—drink specials and special drinks—especially Firefly™ Sweet Tea™ Vodka and Michelob Ultra and overall Queenly Treatment!

•    SPQ™ Big Hat Luncheon at Bravo! — on Friday—10:30’ish til 2’ish—fabulous food, lots of sucking up by the very, very cute wait staff and THONG-MODELING by the very hunky/handsome owners Jeff Good and Dan Blumenthal! Be sure to visit Mon Ami Spa while you’re in Highland Village!

•    Margarita-Wine-and-Cheese Party at The Everyday Gourmet — FREE Fat Mama’s Knock You Naked Margarita’s and FREE Barefoot Wine & Bubbly’s Champagne—on Friday—2’ish til 6’ish.

•    SPQ™ Ball — Friday night at Hal & Mal’s—7’ish to 11’ish.

•    AfterGlow — Friday night at the Hilton Lobby Bar—after the Ball for who knows how long! Specials on drinks and special drinks thanks to Firefly™ Sweet Tea™ Vodka and Michelob Ultra.

•    The Million Queen March™ — PARADE ROLLS AT NOON!—Grab your complimentary coffee and bag-breakfast from the Hilton and ride the buses from the Hilton to the lineup area beginning at 8 a.m. Get on the buses at the Hilton EARLY if you don’t want to miss EVERYTHING! Traffic sucks close to Parade Time.

•    SPQ™ Big-A** Barbecue — AT THE END OF THE PARADE ROUTE board the buses back to the Hilton for the FREE barbecue & dancing to the Earth Angels and Kacey Jones—2’ish til 5’ish. Thanks Barefoot, Michelob Ultra, and Comcast!

•    The Sweet Potato Queens® Parade Float Photo Op — under the Hilton’s main portico, you can board the SPQ™ Parade Float for individual or Queen Group shot by Duane Jones, our O-fficial Photographer again this year, who makes a significant contribution to Batson from photo sales of the Weekend Festivities—we LOVE Duane!!! Duane's worderful photographs will be displayed at the Hilton, across from the SPQ™ Store, all weekend—order LOTS!

•    Jello “Wrasslin’”—by the Hilton Pool—4:30'ish.

•    The Firefly™ Sweet Tea™ Vodka Pearls and PJ’s™ Party — at the Hilton—Saturday night—7’ish til 12’ish. The Mon Ami Spa Big-A** Crown will be given away around 9p.

•    Bathrobe Brunch — at the Hilton—Sunday morning—8:15 til 11—FREE CHAMPAGNE from Barefoot Wines & Bubbly! And of course, Pig Candy, Sweet Potato Biscuits and Brenda’s Shrimp and Grits!

ATTIRE
YOU’LL HAVE MORE FUN IF YOU DRESS UP
So get all the sequins, feathers and rhinestones you can put your hands on
then add 20% and you’ll be fine.


•    Big Hats for the Big Hat Luncheon, of course.

•    At the Ball, you will see everything from full costumes to jeans—suit yourself!

•    At the Parade—be as outrageous as possible—but not naked or even nearly so! Think Sparkles—not Skin!

•    Stay in Costume for the Big-A** Barbecue, dancing and Float Photo Op.

•    Something You Don’t Mind Getting Green Goo All Over for Your Jello Wrasslin’ Photo Op!

•    The Firefly™ Sweet Tea™ Vodka Pearls & PJs™ Party—yes, we really do all wear jammies and fancy joory.

•    Bathrobe Brunch—we really do all wear our bathrobes and you will be sooo happy about that when the time comes!

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PARADE VIRGINS—Everybody is here for the Same Queenly Reason so you can pretty much ask anybody anything and they will be more than happy to help you. THERE IS A QUEENLY INFO BOOTH INSIDE THE SPQ STORE AT THE HILTON—Queen Southern Belle is there most all the time to help you find other Queens and answer questions about the Weekend Festivities.

TWO THINGS YOU MUST DO WHILE IN JACKSON and I will be questioning you on Sunday morning about this: (1) YOU MUST HAVE A GOOD TIME, and (2) YOU MUST MAKE AT LEAST ONE NEW FRIEND! OK, MAKE THAT THREE THINGS—you absolutely, positively, MUST HAVE COMFY SHOES for all the events! Trust me on this. I KNOW you look fetching in 4 inch heels—who doesn’t?—but there are no wheelbarrows coming by to tote you around when your feet give out; so, suck it up and shoe yourself for the long-haul!

If you do not currently have a hotel room—the Hilton is SOLD OUT. However, there are a FEW rooms available at these locations—they are good hotels, close to the Hilton or other cool places, like the fabulous brand new Renaissance at Colony Park—and BE SURE that you request a SPQ™ Rate when you make your reservations AND when you check-in, let them know that you’re there for the Sweet Potato Queens®.

NOTE: The merchants at the Renaissance at Colony Park will be making donations this weekend to the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital from your purchases so be sure to show ‘em your Weekend Pass when you check out.


Cabot Lodge North — 1-800-342-2268
Residence Inn, Ridgeland — 1-800-331-3131
Hyatt Place — 1-601-898-8815
Homewood Suites — 1-800-225-5466
Drury Inn — 1-800-378-7946
Embassy Suites — 1-601-607-7112
Marriott Courtyard, Ridgewood Rd, Jackson —1-800-228-9290

That’s all for now—be sure you READ all this BEFORE you e-mail or call me with questions that are answered in here—oooooh, that makes me sooooo crabby!


Write to me anytime at hrhjill@sweetpotatoqueens.com —with funny stories, GOOD OBITUARIES, and/or Questions about Life Itsownself—I'm often wrong, but NEVER IN DOUBT!

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