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Mar 24, 2009
Post Parade 2009


Dearest Darlin' Y'all,

Oh, mercy, do we REALLY have to wait another WHOLE YEAR to do it AGAIN? This Parade was truly THE BIGGEST AND BEST yet. And there is soooo much proof available. Just don’t even plan on pretending to work the rest of the day—go to these links and re-live it all!

Click here for DUANE’S FABULOUS 2009 SPQ™ PARADE WEEKEND PHOTOS and don’t forget that he’s donating 20% of all his sales to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children; so, buy tons!

And CLICK HERE where you can find about 7 different videos of us!

And while you’re there, go to WALT GRAYSON’S LOOK AROUND MISSISSIPPI and see the latest edition of that—which is…all about US!

Hey! We’re on CNN.COM today—CLICK HERE TO SEE!

AND we’re on MSNBC too—CLICK HERE.

Ok, y’all—NONE of this would have happened without the help of these sponsors:  Firefly™ Sweet Tea™ Vodka (Click here to join me in their Facebook Group), Southern Beverage/Michelob Ultra, Mon Ami Spa & Laser Center, Comcast, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly (Click here to join me at the Barefoot Republic), Capital Business Center, Jackson Coca-Cola, Clear Channel Radio, Q-105 & Jan Michaels, and of course our O-fficial Host Hotel—Hilton-Jackson!!!! Please make your appreciation known to these folks—in word and deed—spend your $$ with them that spent a bunch on YOU!

We had a blast at Renaissance and we look forward to an even bigger event with them next year on Thirsty Thursday. We loved the Fat Mama's Knock You Naked Margarita/Barefoot Wine and Cheese Party at the Everyday Gourmet but we sure did miss our Head of SPQ™ Security—Marlana Walters, EDG owner. She watched us on teevee though and next year, she'll be there with us with TWO NEW TATER TOTS! YAY! You keep hatchin', Marlana—we'll play hard next year!

Thanks also to WLBT, WAPT and WJTV television stations for their great coverage this year and to THE RADIO PEOPLE for all their support of Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and conducting the City Sweep before the Parade.  CLICK HERE—the CLARION-LEDGER has some fantastic photos of y’all online—go check ‘em out!

As most of you know, we focused our efforts this year on raising money to buy wheelchairs for the Children’s Hospital. A basic child’s wheelchair costs $900—but the much-needed tilt-in-space chairs, for the most severely ill kids, cost $5,000—per chair.  Keep in mind that NO CHILD is ever denied treatment due to inability to pay—and if they need a chair, they get one, period the end. A shocking number of these chairs are needed every year—that’s what drove our fund-raising efforts this year—Chairs for the Chirren.  And y’all really came through. (Here’s a link to some more wonderful work that Batson does.)

We don’t have firm numbers yet, but it’s looking like y’all raised at least $25,000 for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital this weekend! About $10,000 of that was raised poolside at the JELLO WRASSLIN’! Y’all apparently love to do good works while submerged in green goo and looking at The Cutest Boy in the World in an Orange Thong, while Tom and Charles Get Their Heads Shaved.  OK! NOW, we know what you like!

Y’all, please help me out and do me a HUGE FAVOR—drop me an e-mail at hrhjill@sweetpotatoqueens.com and let me know WHAT WAS GOOD and WHAT WE NEED TO WORK ON. We can’t fix what we don’t know is broken! Please help us make this weekend even better for y’all next year. Tell us what we did right and what was a mess and give us any suggestions you have!

Let me just say, right off the bat, we know we need more buses to and from the Parade. Truly, this year, we got blindsided by the turnout—and that’s a great thing—but it made for some longer-than-usual waits for bus rides and we’re sorry about that. We planned based on pre-sales and we planned wrong—SORRY! More buses next year for sure.

We did not get around to TATTOOING MARTHA JEAN AND FIFI—on account of the Jello Wrasslin’ was so insane, it went on for TWO HOURS. WHO’DA THUNK IT? Not us! I think most folks in attendance were pleased with the head-shaving and Orange Thong in place of the tattooing. The important thing is ALLLL THAT $$ WE RAISED FOR THE CHIRREN! You will be pleased to know though, that Martha Jean DID FIND HER MISSING GROOVE—and there is MASSIVE photo and video evidence of this—so thanks for all your help with that little project as well.

And how stupid are WE? The Jello was warm this year AND the Hilton arranged for warm water to rinse us off with—but what did we do?  After we got completely covered in green jello--we JUMPED INTO THE FREAKIN' ICY COLD SWIMMING POOL!  What a pack of igmos!  We DESERVE to freeze to death is all I can say to that.

Let us hear from you ASAP—we’ll have a sit-down with the Hilton this week to start planning for PARADE 2010—which will be MARCH 20—mark your calendars and start counting the days!

The Hilton will open the gates for taking reservations for the 2010 Sweet Potato Queens® St. Paddy’s Parade Weekend Festivities on Thursday, 2 April 2009, at 9:00 a.m. Central—set your alarms. You’ll need to follow the Hilton link on our Friends’ Page at www.sweetpotatoqueens.com on that day to get a room—it won’t do you any good until then; so, don't try.

Again, thank you soooooo much from all of us at Sweet Potato Queens® and from the Chirren!

Don't forget, I'll be speaking this Saturday, 28 March 2009, at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (CLICK HERE for more info.)

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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