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Vicksburg Welcomes American Eagle
(VICKSBURG, MISS.) March 11, 2015- The brand new American Eagle owned by American Cruise Lines is about to debut on the Mississippi River and will be stopping in Vicksburg 31 times starting on Tuesday April 14.
The paddlewheeler has design elements reminiscent of an earlier time on the river coupled with a surprising assortment of modern luxuries. Spacious staterooms, fine furnishings, and private balconies are among the welcoming features which make the American Eagle comparable to world class hotels. Its sister ship, the Queen of the Mississippi, also docks at the Vicksburg riverfront.
“We are so excited to welcome another riverboat to our city,” said Bill Seratt, executive director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Having the paddlewheelers back on the Mississippi River and docking in Vicksburg is a wonderful addition to our city’s attractions.”
Along with the American Eagle and the Queen of the Mississippi, the American Queen will continue docking at the Vicksburg City Riverfront making for a total of 85 dockings at the riverfront this year. The riverboats bring in hundreds of passengers during each stop and enjoy tours at the city’s attractions, shopping and dining in the downtown area and guided tours of the Vicksburg National Military Park. The Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and Vicksburg Main Street have partnered on welcoming the boats with greeters and special downtown coupons to encourage passengers to check out shops and restaurants.
“We want to do everything we can to make the riverboats feel welcome in Vicksburg,” said Kim Hopkins, executive director of the Vicksburg Main Street Program. “We have so much to offer in downtown from boutiques and antique shops to art galleries and great dining. We want the passengers to get out and see why Vicksburg is so special and come back again on their own.”
For the complete schedule of the boat dockings, you can visit www.visitvicksburg.com/events. If you would like to volunteer to help greet the riverboats, you can call the VCVB at 601-636-9421 or Vicksburg Main Street at 601-634-4527. To book a cruise on the American Eagle, visit http://www.americancruiselines.com/small-riverboat-cruise-ships/American-Eagle.
VICKSBURG WELCOMES MALCOLM BUTLER HOME
?Photo Courtesy of the New England Patriots / Keith Nordstrom
(VICKSBURG, MISS.) February 17, 2015: The City of Vicksburg will host a parade and ceremony for Vicksburg native and Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler on Saturday, February 21 beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Malcolm Butler, a cornerback for the New England Patriots, made the winning play at this year’s Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1 when he intercepted the ball in the last 20 seconds of the game to seal the victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Butler is a 2009 graduate of Vicksburg High School. He earned a scholarship to Hinds Community College and later played at the University of West Alabama. On May 19, 2014, he signed with the New England Patriots after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft and made his first start on December 14, where he made two tackles.
"I am honored and humbled by the hometown support I have received,” said Butler. “I look forward to celebrating the great season and Super Bowl win with my hometown. It has been a whirlwind since the Super Bowl but I am excited to be home.”
Former Mississippi NFL players such as Glen Collins, Jimmie Smith, Chris Burkett, Tyrone Keys, and Fred Smoot as well as The Sounds of Dynamite band from Alcorn State University and The Sonic Boom of the South band from Jackson State University are featured parade attractions.
The parade will begin on Belmont Street and the route will follow along Washington Street to China Street onto Mulberry Street and ending at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Mulberry Street. The Mayor will give Malcolm the ceremonial "Key to The City" following the parade around 4:00 p.m. at a special ceremony at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The public is invited to attend the citywide celebration with live bands, floats, and festivities for the whole family. Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. has declared February 17-22 “Malcolm Butler Week”.
“The City of Vicksburg is proud to be recognizing Malcolm Butler on Saturday, February 21 with a parade in his honor,” said Flaggs. “We salute Malcolm for never giving up on his dreams and proving that through hard work and a strong faith in God that anything in life can be accomplished. His dedication and determination has guided him to be the successful individual that he is today. He is truly an inspiration for all of us. Again, congratulations to our hometown hero Malcolm Butler!”
For more information about the parade contact Angela Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at 601-214-6922. For information about the ceremony at the Vicksburg Convention Center, contact Annette Kirklin at email@example.com or by phone 601-630-2929. For media requests, please contact Laura Beth Strickland at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 601-831-3373 by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19.