The Fried Pickle Pilgrimage

Last month I went to Mississippi to hang out with family and get warm for the first time in months. I was there most recently in October but this was the first time I have been down that way in late winter in several years. I nearly forgot how nice it is. The weeks bookending Mardi Gras are just about perfect; 70degree temps, long days, daffodils and azaleas a plenty. No dogwoods yet, but the Japanese Magnolias were in full bloom. Gorgeous as can be.  The Natchez Pilgrimage runs from early March to early April , and I suspect that is because they know it is when Mississippi looks her best.

Oddly enough, the timing of this trip had more to do with Jackson’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade (which I highly recommend; which is actually called Hal & Mal’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade; which is the Hal & Mal behind the world’s best fried pickle and comeback sauce platter; but I digress)…we ended up driving Great Aunt Rhubarb’s Impala over hill, dale, city and town…from the magnificence spires of St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, to the humble pig above Fatty’s Crackin House…it was an awesome adventure.

I took my camera, my smart phone, and half-adozen photo apps. I took A LOT of photos. Half of them food, which I will not post here for fear of making you hungry (bragging on buttered hashbrowns and chocolate alligators isn’t lady like). These are just a few of my other favorites…

Note, I can’t actually confirm that is Delta’s house. That’s just what we overheard a tour guide say on the street. And then my heart fluttered and my hair got bigger. It was only a moment, but it was my moment. Then I got all excited and texted my friend Suzette, another Delta fan, who promptly informed me that you can even rent Delta Burke’s old house by the week. BY THE WEEK, Y’ALL.  Not because  you are a creepster stalker, but because that’s what you need to soak it all in. Next time, Nola, next time.


  1. Anonymous says

    These photos are wonderful! It looks like you had a great time. What kind of photo apps do you use? 🙂

    • says

      I was just talking to someone on Facebook about this! There are a bunch of them, but my standby favorite is Camera+. It’s not as instinctive as, say, Instagram, but the results are fabulous and the image quality is superb. I also like Photoforge2 and Afterglow. If you like a lot of frilly frames and effects, Vintique is good. Snapseed is great for architecture images — their “drama” filter in particular. Mumbles and Grumbles did a great post on photo apps a couple months ago — worth a looksee.


  2. Mirabilis says

    I just feel deeply saddened because I live in a country that doesn’t have mardi gras beads

  3. says

    These photos are lovely! I adore the South and all its splendor. That home in the third picture is fantastic. Is that where you stayed?

  4. Anonymous says

    Oh, thank you for a New Orleans fix! My favorite city in the world. Been too long since I’ve been through there. Mississippi is pretty too.

  5. says

    That lamppost looks like the lamp I embellished for my son….don’t know if I can upload pictures. It came out good.

  6. says

    Awesome photos!! I love the tree covered in beads. I wonder if my neighbors would get upset if I covered one of my trees in beads (it just somehow doesn’t seem appropriate in coastal New England) The Indian picture is super duper awesome as well! Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      I like the bead tree, too, Amy!! Coastal New England? Cape Cod Shell Beads? I can see your tree, as I write… Christmas is coming… and I’m feelin’ Cape beaches.

      Nice set, Peaches… glad you had a great time.

  7. says

    Thanks for the tidbits, I never knew Jackson had an awesome St. Patty’s day parade! And I totally know what you mean about the weather. My husband and I joke that we’re “wintering” in Mississippi when we visit my family.

  8. Anonymous says

    The city of Jackson is in mourning right now. Hal White, the Hal of Hal & Mal’s, passed last weekend from a brain aneurysm. He has been such a force in Jackson, and we will all feel the loss.

    • says

      Oh my goodness, I had no idea! How awful. We saw him milling around the place when we were in there the night before the parade (eating fried pickles and red beans and rice, obviously)….and then again marching in the parade. He seemed like such a fun guy. How very, very sad. My sincerest condolences.

    • says

      No, the Myrtles is down the road. It is just north of St. Francisville though. Good eye.


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