Main Street Clinton Announces Event Lineup for the Spring 2024 Semester
From chocolate walks to movie nights, MC students can enjoy all Main Street Clinton has to offer.
Main Street Clinton is a nonprofit organization that works to increase community engagement in the city through planning events, recruiting small businesses to line the historic brick streets, and funding beautification projects. The program is preparing for a series of local events this semester. These events will include various activities for families of all ages. The lineup includes the following:
Chocolate Walk - February 3
The Chocolate Walk is the newest event to be added this year. The ticketed event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will cost ten dollars. Attendees will receive a “chocolate passport,” which will allow them to sample chocolates from the various businesses of downtown Clinton, as well as a commemorative tote.
“We’ve had a really good response to it so far,” said Tara Lytal, director of Main Street Clinton. “We had to cap at 150 and we’ve sold 120 tickets already. We think that event will come close to selling out.”
Art in the Park - March 23
This annual event will feature art demonstrations and children’s activities on March 23. The program is looking to recruit local artists and art students from local universities, including Mississippi College, to make up the lineup of demonstrators.
“This event is geared towards anybody, but we do see a lot of families with young children,” Lytal said. “It gives them the opportunity to come and visit with the artists. The artists are demonstrating and are interacting one on one.”
Dinner and a Movie Series - April 5- May 17
Main Street Clinton’s springtime movie nights have become a beloved Clinton tradition. The organization shows a family-friendly film at dusk at the intersection of Jefferson and West Leake streets every two weeks. The first film will be “Barbie” on April 5; families are encouraged to dress up. “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” will be shown on April 19. May 3 will be “Princess Night” featuring “Beauty and the Beast.” The last movie night will show “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”.
Caterpillar Parade - April 13
Clinton hosts four Old Town Markets throughout the spring and fall. The first spring market of 2024 will coincide with the annual Caterpillar Parade. The parade has been a unique tradition for the Clinton community since 2008. It is based on the caterpillar statue that stands in Lions Club Park.
“It’s kinda like a Chinese dragon,” Lytal said. “There’s a caterpillar head and a long body that people walk in. Families, kids, and crews follow the caterpillar down the brick streets of old town.”
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