Monday, November 9, 2015

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 2016 Mardi Gras parade is scheduled to get underway Saturday, January 23 in  Pass Christian. Carnival season finishes up on February 9 with Fat Tuesday day parades in Bay St. Louis and Biloxi, concluding with the night parade in Gulfport.

We will provide a complete list of 2016 Mardi Gras parades and events for Biloxi and South Mississippi as the information becomes available.  In the meantime, here's a look back at the previous year.  Most of these parades and events repeat annually, so this should give you a good idea what to expect for Mardi Gras 2016:

Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ 9:00AM - 3rd Annual Running for the Beads.  Kick off the 2015 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.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 7:00PM - 4th 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 and a silent auction.  Jimmie Ladner & Friends will be doing the cooking.  Location: Bay St. Louis Community Hall, located on Blaize Street.  Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hancock County.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 7:00PM - Second Liners Mardi Gras Ball.  Enjoy live entertainment and the presentation of the 2015 King and Queen.  Doors open at 7.  Ceremony begins at 8.  Hosted by the Second Liners Mardi Gras Club.  Location: Dr. Frank Gruich, Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Ave, Biloxi.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 5:00PM - 5th Annual Krewe of Legacy Mardi Gras Ball.  Enjoy dinner, dancing, and presentation of the 2015 Krewe of Legacy Court.  Casual attire may be worn.  NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR: Dedeaux Ball Field.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 9:00PM - 48th Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Ball. Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi. Witness the presentation of the 2015 royal court and tableau. Then, enjoy 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, January 31, 2015 @ 1:00PM - 40th Annual Ocean Springs Elks Mardi Gras Parade.  Begins on East Beach by the Ocean Springs Yacht Club, continues through downtown Ocean Springs, and finishes at the Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School (aka the high school.) 

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 1:00PM - 7th 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, January 31, 2015 @ 1:00PM - 7th 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.  Route begins at the Pascagoula library, continues to Delmas Avenue, then finishes in front of Anchor Square.  The City of Pascagoula will be providing awards for the best costume and float.  Registration begins at noon.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 2:00PM - 25th Annual Orange Grove Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade. This family-friendly parade stages and originates at the Goldin Sports Complex.  It begins at the north entrance, turning left and heading west on Prudie Circle. Parade then turns left, heading south on Three Rivers Road, turns right and heads west on Dedeaux Road, ends at the intersection of U. S. Highway 49.  All float and parade traffic will exit north bound on Hwy 49 only.   A reminder: NO throwing of parade items on Highway 49 this year.   Floats needing to head south will be allowed the make a “U” turn at a traffic light controlled intersection such as St. Charles Street or O’Neal Road.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 2:00PM - 20th Annual Timber Ridge Woman's Mardi Gras Parade. Held in Pass Christian's Timber Ridge Subdivision @ 515 Henderson Avenue.  Theme for this year's parade is "Whatever Floats Your Boat."

Sunday, February 1, 2015 @ 1:00PM - 12th Annual Lizana Mardi Gras Parade.  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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 @ 12:00PM Noon - Senior Mardi Gras Ball.  Something NEW this year!  Put on your Mardi Gras attire and the Ball.  Food, door prizes, and entertainment by Empire Entertainment will be provided.  A King, Queen, Duke, and Duchess will be coronated.  Location is the Donal M. Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road, Biloxi.  Admission is free, but RSVP is requested.

Friday, February 6, 2015 @ 7:00PM - 5th 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.

Friday, February 6, 2015 @ 7:00PM - Carnival Association of Long Beach Mardi Gras Ball. Join the fun with the presentation of 2015 royal court and beautiful tableau. Dancing to follow. Doors open at 7:00PM, Tableau begins at 8:00PM. NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR: West Harrison Civic Center, 4670 Espey Avenue, Long Beach.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 11:00AM - 31st Annual Bay St. Louis Krewe of Kids Mardi Gras Parade.  This is a children's parade, designed for non-motorized vehicles.  Bikers, walkers, and wagons are all welcome.  Parade will roll down Dunbar to Highway 90 and then reverse back to the starting point.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 1:00PM - Second Liners Mardi Gras Club Parade. This family-friendly parade is held at Nichols Elementary School, 590 Division Street, Biloxi. Parade starts at Nichols Drive & Division Street.  Ends at Busch Park on Esters Blvd, where the club sponsors a Mardi Gras Block Party with free food & entertainment.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 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 7, 2015 @ 1:30PM- 25th Annual Mystic Krewe of Pine Island Mardi Gras Parade. Lineup begins on Johns' Bayou Road in Vancleave at noon.  Parade starts at 1:30.  2015 theme is "Characters of Pine Island."  This is another family-friendly parade. Tailgaiting party will start at noon, prior to the parade lineup.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 6:00PM - 44th Annual Long Beach Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade. This is a family-friendly night parade, held in downtown Long Beach.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 7:00PM - 26th 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.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ 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.  Dress is strictly formal.  Doors open at 6, event starts promptly at 7PM.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 @ 1:00PM - 48th 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 13, 2015 @ 7:00PM - 7th 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.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 @ 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 nicely decorated golf carts.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 @ 1:00PM - 39th 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, February 14, 2015 @ 2:00PM - 45th 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, February 14, 2015 @ 3:00PM - Mardi Paws.  Join the dogs as they parade down the streets of Pass Christian in their Mardi Gras attire!  Coronation of the Best Dressed Mardi Paws King and Queen to follow.  Parade will start at the Hancock Bank building, proceeding up Davis Avenue.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 @ 5:30PM - Krewe of Neptune Mardi Gras Parade. Will be held on Saturday, NOT Fat Tuesday this year.  All the floats in this parade come from New Orleans. Features large double decker floats, marching bands, and other marching clubs.  UPDATE: Due to a snowstorm on the East Coast, Jim Cantore will NOT be serving as Grand Marshal for this parade.  Taking his place will be former New Orleans Saint Joe Horn.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 @ 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 2015 royal court and tableau will be held with dance to follow. Proceeds support St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School. Doors open at 7:00PM. Tableau begins at 8:00PM.  Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 @ 12:00PM Noon - 85th Annual Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade.  This parade is hosted by the St. Paul Carnival Association.  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, February 15, 2015 @ 1:30PM - 27th 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, February 16, 2015 @ 11:00AM - 18th 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.  2015 theme is "Celebrations Around the World."  Sponsored  by the City of Biloxi.

Monday, February 16, 2015 @ 6:00PM - 2nd Annual Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse Lundi Gras Parade.  This new event will be held in Old Town Bay St. Louis.  King Oceanus and Queen Tethys, 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.

Monday, February 16, 2015 @ 6:00PM - 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Teen Mardi Gras Ball.  Here's an event specifically for those age 13-19.  Includes a formal multi-course meal prepared by Golden Nugget chefs.  Also enjoy dancing, music, and the coronation of the King, Queen, and Court.  Formal attire is required.  Tickets are $25.  Ages 13-19 only, please.

Monday, February 16, 2015 @ 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, February 17, 2015 @ 1:00PM - Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Biloxi. This tradition begun 106 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, February 17, 2015 @ 1:00PM - 8th 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, turning on to 2nd Street and on to Union Street.  Then, continuing to Blaize Avenue in front of the Historic Depot.

Fat Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 5:30PM - 45th Annual Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Night Parade through downtown Gulfport. More than 60 floats take part in this parade. A fantastic night parade, not to be missed.