Classic, convertibles and crowns traveled Washington Street Monday as the contestants for Miss Mississippi introduced themselves to the city of Vicksburg.
People lined the sidewalks of downtown Vicksburg to watch as the potential Miss Mississippi 2016 passed by riding perched on the rear of a collection of convertibles - classic cars, Corvettes and other sports and passenger cars.
Many carried placards, flags and fans bearing photos and the names of their favorite contestant. The spectators spent the parade in any shady spot they could find to protect themselves from the sun and the heat and most dressed in anticipation of warm weather.
Abigail Walters at autograph party!
The autograph-singing event is Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at George Carr, 2950 S. Frontage Road. Contestants will be on hand to chat and to answer your questions and sign autographs.
If you can't make it Wednesday you will have another opportunity on Thursday from 10:30 to noon at a variety of locations downtown along Washington Street.
Competition begins on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. at the convention center. It continues Thursday night and Friday night, culminating in the main even on Saturday. That final competition will end in the crowning of a new Miss Mississippi which will be televised.