Southern Hot Wing Festival
A parade will open this year's Southern Hot Wing Festival
, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21st. The festival is in a new venue this year, Tiger Lane — a perfect setting for strutting hens.
A featured music act will be the Memphis Second Line Band.
"We're taking liberties with the song 'When the Saints Go Marching In' and changing it to 'When the Hens Go Marching In,'" says festival founder Paul Gagliano. "We plan to have a bunch of chickens released to follow the band as the procession begins. We think this festival is definitely going to be one to crow about."
Gagliano says he's recruited seven prize hens and one rooster for the parade. There will also be a number of beauty pageant title holders, belly dancers, a vintage Cadillac, the party wagon Sprock n Roll, and a horse and carriage carrying the winners of the 2017 contest, New Wing Order.
The festival begins at 11 a.m. Anyone who arrives to be in the parade gains free entrance to the festival.