NATCHEZ – Tickets for events at Y’all Means All The Weekend, which takes place October 21-23, are selling fast.
“We are very happy with the ticket sales,” said John Grady Burns. Burns is one of the founders of Y’all Means All. The group’s goal is to create unity by celebrating diversity. It raises funds to provide mental health services to youth and adults in the Natchez area. The proceeds from the event will be donated to either the Four Rivers Chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness Four Rivers Chapter in Mississippi and the Southwest Mississippi Mental Health.
The biggest event of the weekend is the Battle of the Belles and Beaus
Saturday evening, October 23, at the Natchez City Auditorium. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the event is from 8 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Tickets are still available for this event. Prospective buyers should go to yallmeansallnatchez.org to purchase.
Y’all Means All-Members pulled the big guns this year and recruited world-renowned actor, singer and comedian Leslie Jordan.
âHe just recorded a country western album with some pretty big stars, so I’m sure he’ll sing a number or two and do a comedy routine. We’ll let him do what he wants, âsaid Burns.
Mrs. Kasha Davis and Josalyn Royale will also take part in the battle.
âJosalyn Royale will be host and co-host again. She did a fabulous job the first time and we’re glad to have her again. “
Six “straight” Natchezians will take part in the battle of the Beaus and will dress in clothes that are opposite to their sex.
They are Drew Thompson, Hunter Rogillo, Russ McSwain, Kerry Dicks, Lee Carby, and Devin Gammill.
âYou will be vying for the title of Mr. or Mrs. Tableaux. We’re going to have a winner, âsaid Burns.
In the first year of the event, Y’all Means All raised $ 60,000 and was able to offer Southwest Mississippi Mental Health $ 20,000 to meet the need.
COVID limited what Y’all Means All could do in the last year, “but we did a few things to raise funds and were able to give NAMI $ 5,000,” Burns said. “Since they did not get a full year of events, they will be our recipients again this year.”
Tickets for the Drag Queen Bingo event on Thursday evening October 21st will be limited due to limited seating. Bingo takes place in the EPYK, 515 Main St., outside in the inner courtyard from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $ 25. Last year’s event was an overwhelming success and a lot of fun, Burns said.
“Tickets come with five bingo cards and additional cards are available for $ 1,” he said. “And the doors open at 5pm for those who want to visit and have a cocktail before bingo starts.”
A bar and groceries are available for shopping, and participants are awarded prizes.
On Friday evening, October 22nd, the weekend welcome reception begins at 7:00 p.m. and continues until 9:00 p.m. at the historic Choctaw Hall, 310 N. Wall Street.
“David Garner and Lee Glover are kindly hosting the Welcome Reception again,” said Burns. Tickets are $ 25.
From 9.30 p.m. on Saturday evening after the welcome reception, a speakeasy after party is planned on the upper floor of the EPYK. The password is fabulous, said Burns.
“You come to the after-party for free when you’ve bought a welcome reception ticket,” he said. âOtherwise the tickets for the after party cost 15 dollars. Think of the 70s, drag queens, disco and lots of fun. “
On Saturday, New Orleans-born Poppy Tooker, a well-known Louisiana food writer, will be signing copies of her latest book, Drag Queen Brunch, at Hal Garner at Nest starting at 10am
âWe’re going to have some nibbles and bubbles. Her books are up for sale and she will sign them, âhe said.
There is also a house tour on Saturday. Visitors are taken to four apartment buildings in the city center for tours. Each of the houses is for sale, he said, and the tour is free.
âThe most important thing is that nobody takes this weekend seriously. It’s supposed to be fun, laughable, and raise funds for psychiatric care, âsaid Burns. “Just because we don’t agree with who we are or where we come from doesn’t mean we can’t support the good we all do.”