One of the biggest events of the year for Meridian is set for Friday night.
The opening ceremonies for the 23rd Annual State Games of Mississippi take place on the lawn in front of Meridian City Hall.
Thousands of athletes, their families and friends from all over the state will attend.
Events include the parade of athletes, lots of music, and a big fireworks show.
The preliminaries with vendors start at 5 p.m. The Parade of Athletes starts at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks show is at 8:30 p.m.