Mississippi Goes to NYC, Chicago

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi is exporting some of its southern-fried culture to the folks up North this weekend.

Blues musicians from the state, including the Homemade Jamz Blues Band, are playing at the Chicago Blues Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday.

And on Saturday, cooking teams will serve fried catfish, hush puppies and sweet tea at the annual Mississippi picnic in New York's Central Park.

Malcolm White, head of the Mississippi Arts Commission, says tourists look for things that make places unique or authentic. He says Mississippi's musical and culinary traditions are selling points.

The Mississippi picnic in Central Park started in 1979. It attracted about 2,000 people on a rainy day in 2011.

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