Friday, January 3, 2014

Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Parades & Events

If you thought you had to drive to New Orleans, Mobile, or Pensacola to enjoy Mardi Gras, think again. Carnival season is quite active here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

The first 2014 Mardi Gras parades are scheduled to get underway Saturday, February 15 in Ocean Springs and Orange Grove. Carnival season finishes up on March 4 with Fat Tuesday day parades in Bay St. Louis and Biloxi, concluding with the night parade in Gulfport.

Here's the complete list of 2014 Mardi Gras parades and events for Biloxi and South Mississippi:

Saturday, January 18, 2014 @ 9:00AM - 2nd Annual Running for the Beads.  Kick off the 2014 Mardi Gras season with a 5K run or 1 mile fun run.  Food, drinks, and entertainment will be provided after the race.  Prize given for the best costume.  Location: Dr. Frank Gruich, Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Ave, Biloxi.  Must be registered by 8:45AM.  Hosted by the Gulf Coast Carnival Association.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 7:00PM - Carnival Association of Long Beach Mardi Gras Ball. Join the fun with the presentation of 2014 royal court and beautiful tableau. Dancing to follow. Doors open at 7:00PM, Tableau begins at 8:00PM. This event held at the St Vincent de Paul School, 4321 Espy Avenue, Long Beach.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 @ 5:00PM - 4th Annual Krewe of Legacy Mardi Gras Ball.  Enjoy dinner, dancing, and presentation of the 2014 Krewe of Legacy Court.  Location: West Harrison County Civic Center, 4670 Espy Avenue, Long Beach.  Casual attire.  Tickets are $25.00, general admission.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 @ 7:00PM - 3rd Annual Krewe of Casa Mardi Gras Gala.  Here's a chance to enjoy Carnival season while helping abused children.  Features live music by Pat Murphy & the Jumpin' Jukes of Mississippi.  Also includes dinner, an art show, and a silent auction.  Location: Bay St. Louis Community Hall, located on Blaize Street.  Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hancock County.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 @ 7:00PM - Second Liners Mardi Gras Ball.  Enjoy live entertainment and the presentation of the 2014 King and Queen.  Doors open at 7.  Ceremony begins at 8.  Location: Dr. Frank Gruich, Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Ave, Biloxi.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 @ 9:00PM - 47h Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Ball. Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi. Witness the presentation of the 2014 royal court and beautiful tableau. Then, enjoy a wonderful dinner and dance! Attire is strictly formal: evening gown and tuxedo are required for the supper dance. No charge for viewing the tableau, but you must call for an invitation.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 1:00PM - 39th Annual Ocean Springs Elks Mardi Gras Parade.  Begins on East Beach by the site of the former Ocean Springs Yacht Club, continues through downtown Ocean Springs, and finishes at the Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School (aka the high school.)  This year's theme is "Coastal Duck Dynasty."

Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 2:00PM - 24th Annual Orange Grove Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade. This family-friendly parade begins at Harrison Central 9th Grade in Gulfport.  Continues north to Dedeaux Road, then west to Highway 49 to Ashley Drive.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 6:30PM - 10th Annual Krewe of Caduceus Mardi Gras Ball.  Location: Gautier Community Center, 2300 Ladnier Road.  Dress is formal, casual, or costume.  Watch the presentation of the court, followed by a dance.  Bring the food and/or beverage of your choice.

Sunday, February 16, 2014 @ 1:00PM - 11th Annual Lizana Mardi Gras Parade. Begins at Lizana Elementary School.  This family-friendly parade features over 30 floats with plenty of throws. Begins @ Lizana Elementary School: 15341 Lizana School Road.  Continues to Cable Bridge Road, north to Moran Road, then finishes back at the school.

Sunday, February 16, 2014 @ 2:00PM - 19th Annual Timber Ridge Woman's Mardi Gras Parade. Held in Pass Christian's Timber Ridge Subdivision @ 515 Henderson Avenue.

Friday, February 21, 2014 @ 6:00PM - Children's Mardi Gras Ball & Parade of Lynn Meadows.  Enjoy music, food, plus a children's parade through the Discovery Center museum.  Be sure to dress up in your favorite costume.  Location: Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Avenue, Gulfport.  Bicycles, tricycles, and wagons are all welcome!

Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 11:00AM - 30th Annual Bay St. Louis Krewe of Kids Mardi Gras Parade.  This is a children's parade, designed for walkers and non-motorized vehicles.  Parade will roll down Dunbar to Highway 90 and then reverse back to the starting point.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 12:00PM Noon - 6th Annual Krewe of Legacy Mardi Gras Parade in Pass Christian. Includes floats, horse and buggies, golf cars, antique cars and more. This parade starts and ends at Neco’s Market Place, located at the intersection of Vidalia & Cable Bridge Road (Exit 24 off of I-10.) Exit north on Firetower Road to Vidalia Road, then east on Vidalia Road to Cable Bridge Road.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 1:00PM - Second Liners Mardi Gras Club Parade. This family-friendly parade is held at Nichols Elementary School, 590 Division Street, Biloxi. Parade ends at DC Bush Park on Esters Blvd, where the club sponsors a Mardi Gras Block Party with food & fun. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 1:00PM - 6th Annual Krewe of Little Rascals Children Mardi Gras Parade. Begins at Pascagoula Beach Park.  This parade features bikes, wagons, shopping carts, walking, skaters, etc.  No motorized vehicles allowed.  The City of Pascagoula will be providing awards for the best costume and float.  Registration begins at noon.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 1:00PM - Moss Point Mardi Gras Parade.  This parade is sponsored by the Parade of Classes Association and will take place in downtown Moss Point.  Entry fee is $25 for those who wish to ride or participate in the parade.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 1:30PM- 24th Annual Mystic Krewe of Pine Island Mardi Gras Parade. Lineup begins on Johns' Bayou Road in Vancleave at noon.  Parade starts at 1:30.  This is another family-friendly parade. Tailgaiting party will start at noon, prior to the parade lineup.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 6:00PM - 43rd Annual Long Beach Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade. This is a family-friendly night parade, held in downtown Long Beach.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 7:00PM - Krewe of Neptune Ball. This event will be held at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Avenue, Biloxi. Featuring two of the Coast's hottest bands: the Chee-Whiz and Better than Ezra.  This year's theme is "Neptune Seas Thirty."  Dress is strictly formal.  Doors open at 6, event starts promptly at 7PM.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 7:00PM - 25th Annual Gautier Men's Club Mardi Gras Parade. Begins at the Jackson County Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Highway 90 in Gautier.  Continues to Singing River Mall, then finishes back at MGCCC.

Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 1:00PM - 47th annual Krewe of Nereids Parade in Waveland. Begins at the intersection of Drinkwater & Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis, in front of the Bay St. Louis Governmental Annex Building.  Continues west, ending at Auderder Street & Highway 90 in Waveland @ West End Restaurant.

Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 7:00PM - 6th Annual Ocean Springs Carnival Association Mardi Gras Night Parade. This parade is hosted by the Ocean Springs Carnival Association.  It begins @ Front Beach and continues to Porter.  Then on Washington to Government Street, ending at Holcomb.

Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 7:00PM - 4th Annual "The Mardi Gras Draw."  Enjoy a Mardi Gras themed dinner, silent auction, live entertainment, and the Drawdown which is worth $4,000.  This event will be held at the St. Martin Civic Center, 15008 Lemoyne Blvd.  Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Elementary School in D'Iberville.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 9:00AM - 4th Annual Mardi Pardi Race. This 5K/10K run through downtown Bay St. Louis promotes Gulf Coast eco-awareness while highlighting the area's unique Mardi Gras culture.  Enjoy New Orleans bands, great local food, and a  runners' Mardi Gras costume contest.  Proceeds benefit the Live Oak Alliance of Mississippi.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 12:00PM Noon -  Krewe of Diamondhead Mardi Gras Parade. Begins at the Diamondhead Community Center and ends at the Country Club.  This parade consists of approximately 30 units with many decorated golf carts.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 1:00PM - 38th annual Jackson County Carnival Association Parade in downtown Pascagoula. This year's parade route will be from the corner of Pascagoula and Ingalls, east to Market Street, north to Jackson Avenue, then south returning to the starting point.  This is a family-friendly parade.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 2:00PM - 44th Annual Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Day Parade in downtown Gulfport. Begins on 19th Street, proceeds towards Highway 49, then continues past Hancock Bank and throughout downtown Gulfport.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 8:00PM - St. Paul Carnival Association Mardi Gras Ball. Held at the West Harrison County Civic Center, 4670 West Espy Avenue in Long Beach. The presentation of the 2014 court and tableau will be held with dance to follow. Proceeds support St. Vincent de Paul School. Doors open at 7:00PM. Tableau begins at 8:00PM.  Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 @ 12:00PM Noon - 84th Annual Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade. This year's theme is "A Century of Parading in the Pass: 1914-2013."  Parade starts at the corner of Davis Avenue and Second Street, proceeds to Scenic Drive, then turns west to Henderson Avenue. From there, it's north to St. Louis, east to Church Street, south to Second Street, then east on Second to Davis Avenue.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 @ 1:30PM - 26th Annual North Bay Area Mardi Gras Parade. This is a family-friendly parade which begins at the St. Martin Community Center, rolls down Lemoyne Blvd to Central Avenue to Rodriguez Street to Automall Parkway, then back up to Central Avenue in D'Iberville.  Approximately 70 units will be in attendance.  I believe this is the only Mardi Gras Parade which encompasses two cities and two counties!

 Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 11:00AM - 17th Annual Biloxi Children's Mardi Gras Walking Parade. Parade begins at the corner of Lameuse & MLK Blvd, continues south on Lameuse, and ends at the Biloxi Town Green. Participants need to arrive in the Saenger Parking Lot to sign in between 10:00AM and 10:30AM. This is a non-motorized parade featuring wagons, strollers, and bikes, plus a Mardi Gras costume and float contest.  Sponsored  by the City of Biloxi.

Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 6:00PM - 1st Annual Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse Inaugural Lundi Gras Parade.  This new event will be held in Old Town Bay St. Louis.  King Oceanus/Carter Church and Queen Tethys/Honorable Wendy McDonald, Masters of the Seas and Protectors of the Mexican Gulf will be in attendance.  Parade begins at the corner of Ulman and Second Street, ending at the new Bay St. Louis Community Center.  There will be a reviewing stand at Old City Hall on Second Street.  The first year's theme will be "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay 1814."

Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 8:00PM - Gulf Coast Carnival Association Coronation Ball. Tableau will be held from 8:00PM-10:00PM.  Eight dukes, eight maids, two royal pages, and the king and queen will be presented to the public.  Dance to follow from 10:00PM-1:00AM at Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd in Biloxi. Tableau is free and open to the public. Dance is by invitation only.

Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 1:00PM - Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Biloxi. This tradition begun 105 years ago, with King D’Iberville and Queen Ixolib reigning over the largest Mardi Gras parade on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Features over 100 floats.

Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 1:00PM - 7th Annual Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Bay St. Louis. Features the Gulf Coast's only predominantly African-American Krewe, formerly known as the Krewe of Real People. Parade route is down Main Street, turns on to 2nd Street on to Union Street continuing to Blaize Avenue in front of the Historic Depot.

Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 3:00PM - Krewe of Neptune Mardi Gras Parade. Will be held in downtown Biloxi, immediately following the Gulf Coast Carnival Parade. All the floats in this parade come from New Orleans. Features large double decker floats, marching bands, and other marching clubs.

Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 5:30PM - 44th Annual Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Parade through downtown Gulfport. More than 60 floats take part in this parade. A fantastic night parade, not to be missed.

If you're hosting/sponsoring a Mardi Gras parade or event in South Mississippi, please let us know. Leave it in the "comments" section below or message me privately and I will add it to our schedule. Have a safe and happy Mardi Gras, everyone!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fat Tuesday is in MARCH This Year!

For 2014, Mardi Gras celebrations in South Mississippi will begin later than usual.  The reason is because Fat Tuesday doesn't occur until March 4th.  As you know, Mardi Gras concludes 6 weeks before Easter.  For 2014, Easter Sunday doesn't roll around until April 20th.

Looks like the first Carnival events will be held on February 16 in Pass Christian and Lizana.  At the time of this writing, few events have been confirmed and scheduled dates are tentative.  Please bookmark this site and check back as we get closer to Mardi Gras.  It's never too early to start preparing and planning for the 2014 Mardi Gras parades, in and around Biloxi!