MPD’s Chief Deputy named Grand Marshal of Witches Ride

By Paige Nash

The inaugural Witches Ride of Minden has their official Grand Marshal – Minden Police Department Deputy Chief Tokia “Tok” Whiting-Harrison.  

The newly formed non-profit organization and all ladies group, Pearls of Purpose, are bringing this unique event to downtown Minden in October with the sole purpose of building community comradery and supporting local charities.  

Pearls of Purpose Co-founder Sara Watson Overall thought Tokia – a lifelong resident of Minden, wife, mother, active church member and deputy chief – would be the perfect choice to lead women from all over North Louisiana down the historic brick street in their most festive gear.

“We are honored Tok has agreed to be our inaugural Grand Marshal for the 2023 Witches Ride,” said Overall. “She continuously displays what it truly means to have a servant’s heart and to love your community whole-heartedly.” 

Tickets are now for sale for the upcoming Witches Ride of Minden set for October 19.  

Overall said, “Ticket sales are going great. We are monitoring sales closely and will let the public know if or when we set a max amount and deadline.” 

Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at Red Blooms, Say Baby or Simply Chic in Bossier.  

They are $45 per ticket. All money raised from ticket sales will benefit Miller Quarters Park, which will serve as the ride’s starting and ending point and will be the site for the block party set to follow the ride. A portion of money raised will also be donated to a non-profit organization called We’re Here, We Care.