I Grew Up in the South…

…Enough said!
I grew up in Columbia, TN. A small town about an hour south of Nashville.
Every year there is a huge event called Mule Day.

What? You never heard of Mule Day! Have you been living under a rock? It has only been going on since the 1800s and is apparently on the top 10 list of events to watch by Homeland Security.

Well, if you haven’t heard about Mule Day before, I totally forgive you.
Truthfully, I am not that into it. But MANY, and I mean MANY, people from Columbia and all around the United States LOVE this event.

People come from all over just to show off their Mules. They buy and sell them, there is a big parade on Saturday, a Liar’s contest, and many more events packed into a few days.

I haven’t been to Mule Day in YEARS! I seriously, cannot remember that last time I went to Mule Day so I thought I would go this year while I was still close to TN.

I thought you guys would like to see some pictures of the parade just so you could experience it for yourself.

Welcome to Mule Day 2011!

I met up with two of my good friends, Megan and Mattie, to watch the parade with.

Here is the start of the parade.

The theme for Mule Day this year was “Southern Comfort: Ride a Mule”
Gotta love it! lol

There is even a Mule Day Queen.

But there are MANY real mules pulling wagons and being ridden that are all deck out with nice gear.

And you may even find a man Dressed as a Mule.

How about a Hillbilly Repo float?

Men dressed up like Davey Crocket.

There are even adorable Miniature Mules to look at! So tiny and so cute!

Let’s go back to the old south and get dressed up in Civil War and Antebellum garb.

Have to show you Tennessee Pride.

And there is wagon, after wagon, after wagon.
This is actually known as the Wagon Train.

And you’ll find All sorts of Means of Transportation in the parade.
Firetruck, Old cop car, Mules pulling wagons, Train Engines and yes, even boats.

That’s the parade in a nutshell! There were many other unique things in the parade- I just didn’t get good pictures of!

Later that night, friends that I graduated with, got together and had a bon fire and caught up and talked about old times.

It was great to see everyone again!

So if you are ever in TN the first week of April, make your way down to Columbia for Mule Day festivities! Trust me, it’s interesting! 😉

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  • The Dean is in...
    April 5, 2011 at 12:34 am

    It looks like you had a great time. Being an Okie, I know a thing or two about mules….by no means an expert but, I like them….onery or not, LOL. We have all kinds of festivals and 'days' here, one is called Rooster Days and I don't think it has a thing in the world to do with roosters but there is a huge rodeo. 🙂

    Enjoyed reading this.

  • Emily @ Finding My Aloha
    April 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Haha! Too funny! It looks like fun though! It reminds me of the Daffodil parade we had right about this time in our old town in WA. Things like this make for great memories. 🙂

  • Mic
    April 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I'm from Columbia, too! It's a small world! Mule Day is such a hoot! Haven't been back for that for years….will have to plan a trip home. It's just hard since both my parents are gone…..

  • Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    April 5, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Oh, I love this. Too funny. My husband comes from a very small town so he is always throwing out random traditions that they did! Very fun.

  • Sharmin
    April 6, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Wow, those are some pretty mules! My hubs's grandad was a member of the Gee & Haw wagon/mule club here in north central Arkansas. We don't have mules, though, just horses and cattle, but our neighbors have several mules.

    I love some of the festivals we have here in the south, I grew up near a town which hosts the annual "Turkey Trot". The highlite of the day is when the plane flies over the town square low and slow and tosses out live turkeys. If you can catch it, you get to keep it. If you're ever in north central AR the 3rd week of October, hop on over to Turkey Trot.(they even have a website!)

  • Abby and Promila
    April 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Umm, I know a LOT about Mule Day! My best friend Promila and several other good friends are from Columbia, so I've heard about Mule Day every year since Proms and I met!! I've never been, but hopefully next year I can make it! -Abby