Fun with the Sweet Potato Queens.
The Sweet Potato Queens concept has been explained and made popular by a series of books by Jill Conner Browne, born in Tupelo and raised in Jackson, who came up with the idea in 1982.  (Browne is the author of a number of books which form the backbone of the Sweet Potato Queen "movement.") It involves a belief in a sisterhood that promotes self esteem and positive thinking, appealing to mostly middle-aged middle-class women. As John Ray, the ordering manager at Politics and Prose in Washington once said of the Sweet Potato Queen books, "they began to empower women." In 2005, almost ten thousand women dressed up in costumes and came to Jackson for the annual Hal and Mal's St. Patrick’s Day parade, proceeds from which benefited a local children’s hospital.
Each local chapter assumes its own theme and designs its own costumes. Some of the chapters participate in parades and fund-raisers in their local communities.
For me,it all started when Doris,my ex sister in law sent me the first book of The Sweet Potato Queens..
followed by, another book
and still another..
and all the while..
she and her friends had become an active club/chapter.
doing so many good things in their community..
They would appear at local shindigs..
and then they traveled to Jackson, Mississippi for the First convention..
which has become an annual ritual of fun and frivolity for them..
SPQ's at the convention
Doris, in Black and white, reigning Queen Bee
Isn't she lovely!
Finery..BLING! and Pink!
Happy Pink Saturday !!
Please join Beverly for more Pinkness..