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Columbia, Tennessee: Mule Capital of the World

The time to visit Columbia is during the annual Mule Day festival, which has a Mule Day Parade, a Mule Day Queen, and a lot of mules.

W. 7h St., Columbia, TN
The Mule Day Parade passes the Visitor Center on US Hwy 412/W. 7th St., on its way from the Maury County Courthouse to Maury County Park, where most of the mule festivities take place.
Mule Day now stretches over several days in early April. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Mule Capital of the World

Columbia, Tennessee is known as the Mule Capital of the World. During one weekend in Late March or Early April, thousands of mules converge on this small southern town. Thousands of rednecks also come out of the woodwork to ride their mules in the Mule Day Parade with a bottle of Sundrop and Jack Daniels in one hand and an empty bottle of Sundrop for a spit cup in the other. It is amazing the slogans that can be put on tee-shirts ("Who wants to be A Mule-ion-aire?"). Besides the Mule Day Parade, there is a Mule Day Queen, a Mule Pull, a Liar's Contest, and most recently - a collection of painted fiberglass mules (think of the Chicago Cows- a very artsy step up for this town- trust me.) Also of note are the many floats in the parade that carry signs about hell and eternal damnation. Columbia also claims Lynette Cole, 2000 Miss USA, and former Mule Day Queen.

[Kaycee and Al, 06/03/2003]

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