Arbor Day run, Children’s parade highlight weekend events

The 29th Annual Arbor Day 5K Run, 1-mile run/walk/roll and quarter-mile ability challenge takes place on Saturday with the 5K run beginning at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile and quarter-mile beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of Lameuse Street and Highway 90 near the Biloxi Town Green.

Trophies will be given to overall male and female as well as to the first, second and third place age group males and females.  Medals will be given to all participants with disabilities.

In addition, 350 trees – Southern Magnolia, Tulip Poplar, Redbud, River Birch and Live and Nuttall Oak –  will be given away to race participants. At 10:15 a.m. the city will plant a Live Oak tree at the Town Green in partnership with Hancock Bank and Land Trust to green-up local landscapes.

“This race commemorates Biloxi’s 33 years as a Tree City USA,” City Arborist Eric Nolan said. “The program provides guidelines for cities to manage and expand their public trees.”

The 29th Annual Arbor Day 5K and 1 mile health run/walk/roll is sponsored by the City of Biloxi, the Gulf Coast Running Club and Disability Connection.

Also this weekend, over 300 children, ages 12 and younger, will parade along downtown streets on Saturday at 10 a.m. as participants in the annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade. Late registration will take place from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The theme of this year’s event is “The Luck and Lore of Superstition”.
See the parade lineup
See the overall weekend entertainment lineup


Municipal candidate update

At noon today, Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker reported that there were no new would-be candidates to file their papers this week for the upcoming municipal elections.

Deadline for would-be candidates to file paperwork is Friday, March 3 by 5 p.m. Deadlines to register to vote also are approaching.
See the online voter info


News and Notes

Education in Black and white:  Bishop James Black, a longtime Biloxi civil rights activist, provides a preview of next weeks’ Black History Month program in this week’s City Desk Podcast.  To listen, click here.

Infrastructure work: Have you seen the latest video of progress on the east Biloxi infrastructure project? To see it now, click here.

City Council:  The next meeting of the Biloxi City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall.  To see the agenda, click here.