The 42nd annual Pepsi Pops opened to bustling crowds at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland on Friday.
The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra once again partnered with Brown Bottling Group for the concert that was emceed by WLBT news anchor Maggie Wade and Mississippi Today Editor At-Large/Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey.
“We set up like a huge family picnic and hear the wonderful sounds of the symphony with the backdrop of the beautiful Mississippi reservoir,” said Shelley Brown Floyd, Brown Bottling Group Executive Vice President.
The American flag was held at half-staff in honor of fallen Madison Police officer and former Ridgeland Police Chief Randy Tyler who was killed in the line of duty the day before. Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee paid tribute to Tyler before leading attendees in a moment of silence and encouraged prayers for his family.
“This was a tremendous shock. He was an tremendous friend. We’re all going to miss him,” said Mayor McGee.
The concert proceeded with a collection of pop culture themes such as “Indiana Jones,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter” and more. The finale included a series of patriotic tunes and fireworks.
Sister Dorothea has attended almost every year since it’s inception over four decades ago.
“We look forward to it every year. It’s just a wonderful family event. We come out here early, so we can get a nice place to see the whole panoramic view of the symphony orchestra and the people here,” said Sister Dorothea.
Originally scheduled for May 12, Pepsi Pops was delayed three weeks due to weather.