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Natchez celebrates 300th birthday, honors history and culture

NATCHEZ, MISS–The city of Natchez, through a series of events, will celebrate 300 years Wednesday.

The mayor said this is a celebration of everything Natchez has to offer.

“The oldest continuous settlement on the Mississippi, Natchez offers a quality of life unlike any other,” said Mayor Larry “Butch” Brown. “Natchez is a premier cultural tourism destination, hosting over 600,000 visitors a year from around the world.”

The Natchez Tricentennial will begin with Principal Chief and Great Sun of the Natchez Nation Hutke Fields will share a presentation on the history of Natchez Indians by Jim Barnett starting at 9am. Free activities for kids will be provided at Grand Village of the Natchez Indians at 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard.

The celebration will continue at the Natchez Visitors Center  with presentations on Colonial Louisiana by authors and historians Emily Clark and Erin Greenwald at 1:30. It will include a display of Fort Rosalie artifacts, book signings and free activities for kids.

To keep honoring the city’s history, The Natchez National Historical Park dedication of  Fort Rosalie, the National Park Service’s 3rd site in Natchez, will be held at 4:00 pm at Fort Rosalie, 528 South Canal Street.

The festivities for the 300th Birthday Celebration of Natchez will wrap up with a street party at 6:00 pm overlooking the Mississippi River.  The party will include art and food vendors, children’s activities,free cupcakes and ice cream, live music by the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Big Drew & the Bubbadelic, a giant cooling tent, fireworks, and it will be set up along Broadway Street.

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