Biloxi chosen as state’s regional site for 2021 Veterans Parade

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Veterans Parade, which rolls Saturday in downtown Biloxi, has been recognized as a National Veterans Day Regional Site for the 14th year in a row by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

There were 33 sites across the country that were chosen by the DVA’s Veterans Day National Committee, and Biloxi was the only selected in Mississippi.

“We are very proud to once again be recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Day National Committee,” said Jerry Taranto, vice president for the Gulf Coast Veterans Parade. “We are grateful for the support from the City of Biloxi and many organizations that participate and assist with the parade. This event provides a unique opportunity to show our appreciation for the sacrifices our Veterans have made.”

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s parade:

– The parade will roll Saturday at 11 a.m. in Downtown Biloxi

– It will start on the corner of Howard Avenue at Bellman Street and end at Lameuse Street and U.S. 90. See the route.

– This year’s parade honors the mission of all military and Veteran medical first responders.

The lineup includes military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Air National Guard.  Also participating are Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. High school bands, Boy Scout troops and JROTC troops will also be in attendance for the celebration.
See the Veterans Parade website

News and notes: Thriller, reports, videos, photos

Thriller: The Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence took over the parquet dance floor on Howard Avenue Saturday to take part in “Thrill The World,” a global project that saw the simultaneous rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” complete with zombie dancers. The annual worldwide flash mob hopes to inspire others to “break down barriers by connecting people of all religions, races, political persuasions, and economic backgrounds.” To see the seven-minute Downtown Biloxi performance, which the city carried live on its Facebook page Saturday afternoon, click here.

Weekly reports: The Community Development Department issued $2.7 million in construction permits last week. You can see the details, plus weekly reports from the Biloxi Police and Fire departments by clicking here.

Video encores: To see the A to Z report from Friday, click here. To see the making of the November BNews, click here. To see the Biloxi City Council meeting from Tuesday, click here.

Photo galleries: To see photos from Halloween on Howard, click here or here. To see photos from a pinning ceremony last week in the Biloxi Police Department, click here. To see photos from a turtle release Saturday on West Beach, click here.