Novice cyclists learn biking ‘baby steps’ at Downtown Memphis class

Four local adults geared up at the Tennessee Welcome Center off Riverside Drive at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 3, for the first Beginner Biker class hosted by the Downtown Memphis Commission and Explore Bike Share.

The free class is specifically geared toward adults that don’t know how to ride a bike and gives step-by-step training on how to become acquainted with and feel comfortable riding on EBS bicycles. EBS is a local nonprofit bike share organization with 300 bikes at more than 35 stations throughout Memphis, with the most popular station located in Shelby Farms Park.

Rainbow colors soar at Memphis Pride Parade

More than 100 organizations and thousands of attendees gathered at Robert Church Park and Beale Street Saturday, June 3 for the Memphis Pride Festival and Pride Parade hosted by Mid-South Pride.

The festival comes on the third day of Pride Month and on the same day Federal Judge Thomas L. Parker ruled against the Adult Entertainment Act, more commonly referred to as the drag ban and passed by Tennessee legislators, as unconstitutional.

Vanessa Rodley is the president of Mid-South Pride. Rodley said Memphis LGBTQ activists have been organizing Pride events in some form or another since 1976 and the parade has grown exponentially since.

Memphis celebrates Bike to Work Day to promote pedestrian and biking safety

With many different ways to get around Memphis, the Downtown Memphis Commission is working to educate Memphians.

Lauren Bermudez with the Downtown Memphis Commission told FOX13 that May is considered commuter month in the city. The downtown commission uses the month to inform commuters about the resources available to them.

“Not everyone has a personal vehicle for their use 24/7, you know, to make every trip,” said Bermudez.

Bike to Work Day is part of commuter month. Members of the downtown commission were spread across Memphis offering free breakfast and coffee to bikers. Richard Grover told FOX13 he chooses to ride a scooter every day.

New $9.6 million park breaks ground in Downtown Memphis

A $9.6 million investment in Downtown Memphis officially broke ground Tuesday.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is partnering with the National Civil Rights Museum to create the BlueCross Healthy Place at Founder’s Park.

The project will take two years, with hopes to open around Juneteenth in 2025.

This is the third BlueCross Healthy Park in the Bluff City.

One school board member and current candidate for mayor says she would love to see more parks like this in the city, allowing students to learn about history outside of the classroom.

“I would love to see Memphis-Shelby County Schools create a very Memphis-centric curriculum around civil rights,” said Michelle McKissack, MSCS School Board member. “We have the National Civil Rights Museum here, it is a jewel in this effort, and so we need to make it a part of our regular curriculum.”

Tyre Nichols honored with sunset lantern release

A lantern release honoring Tyre Nichols took place at Martyrs Park in Downtown Memphis Sunday, April 9, one day shy of the 90-day anniversary of his death.

Twenty-nine paper lanterns alighted over the Mississippi River around the 7:30 p.m. sunset representing each year of Nichols’ life.

Twelve canvasses of his photography, many featuring sunsets, faced the crowd as they looked over the river.

5 Star Story: Wayne’s Candy Company

Ancient Egyptians are credited with the invention of candy. Sometimes called sweets, lollies or sweetmeats, they can bring out happiness, relaxation or even motivation.

In our continuing effort to highlight the people, places and things that make us proud to call the Mid-South home, we’re going to a Memphis candy mecca. Here’s why walking into Wayne’s Candy Company makes so many feel like, well, a kid in a candy store!

Wayne’s Candy Company is located just off South Main, on the corner of East Carolina Avenue and 2nd Street, and has been part of the Memphis landscape for 76 years; walk inside and prepare to be amazed!

Jeghetto and the ‘Superheroes Puppet Parade’ marched down Beale Street

Famous puppeteer “Jeghetto” and his youth crew displayed their puppeteering talents earlier today on Beale Street.

The “Superheroes Puppet Parade” ran from Fourth to Second and then to Handy Park on Saturday.

Jaghetto is a Memphis-based puppeteer who said that puppetry is “the ultimate story telling medium.”

“When you see live actors, you could have issues with that person, but to have someone focus on in inanimate object where you can’t project anything onto it but what they are experiencing  — that’s the magic of it,” he said.

Silky O’Sullivan’s rolls out 50th St. Patrick’s parade

Despite a forecast of cool and rainy weather, cars, dancers and floats filled Beale Street Saturday, March 11, 2023, for the 50th annual Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s parade.

Thousands of spectators came out to celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s holiday and Memphis’ biggest parade, with many adorned in green apparel from sparkling shamrock top hats and T-shirts to green Mardi Gras beads.

Participating organizations for this year’s parade include the Christian Brothers High School Band, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Murphy’s of Midtown Memphis, Carnival Memphis and River City Peddlers.

Entrepreneurship flourishes at Shop Black City Tour

More than 100 Black small business owners, selling everything from jewelry, CBD products, apparel and more, gathered at 91 Promenade in Downtown Memphis Saturday, Oct. 15, for the Shop Black City Tour event.

Shop Black City Tour is a touring small-business festival providing a space for Black business owners to showcase their products or services to other Black-owned businesses in the area.