Greenville Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival

We woke up to the sound of a brass band playing outside and ventured out of our motel to find a street parade marching by. Apparently it was homecoming weekend and all the local schools converge with their dance troops and marching bands for a street parade. It was very cool.
The flyer for the festival said you could bring eskys but we were still a little dubious that it would be BYO alcohol so we left our esky in the car and went for a look see. Sure enough it was BYO anything! Beer, liquor, food and chair. Luckily we had brought our camping chairs but the one thing we didn’t bring that everyone else did was an umbrella. We had our big hats but sweltered in 40 degree heat for a few hours until the sun went down.
There was only one stage and the artists had it for an hour each. The acts were incredible and the atmosphere was electric! There was a lot of variety to the acts as well and most of them were locals of the area who had since made it. They all had one thing in common though – they could all work a crowd! The stage talk was hilarious and some it even made me feel like a prude!  
Everyone we spoke to was so friendly! The food stands were all selling fabulous BBQ. Our neighbors sitting beside us kept trying to ply us with alcohol and food. The man was disgusted with Tim for driving and insisted that “his woman” should be driving. Eventually he realized that Tim wasn’t budging (I had already had a few drinks so couldn’t drive anyway) he switched tactic and started to try and ply me with alcohol instead.
All in all a definite top experience of the trip. Made more so by the fact that out of thousands of people We only saw maybe 5 other white people. S

   
Homecoming!

    
View from our seats once the sun had gone down and everyone had dropped their umbrellas.

   

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