Children’s parade moved indoors, to Gruich Center

Children will be parading in the annual Mardi Gras walking parade as usual this morning, but they’ll be doing it indoors – at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Community Center on Howard Avenue.

Organizers of the 11 a.m. parade have decided to move the it indoors to avoid inclement weather.

Typically, dozens of costumed children ages 12 and under ride decorated bikes, trikes, wagons and skate boards in a parade through downtown Biloxi, ending at the Town Green, where a costume contest is held.

“We’ll still have the parade, with the floats, the throws and the kids in costumes, but it will all be done indoors, in the Gruich center,” said Kay Miller-Carter of Main Street, one of the organizers of the parade.

“Everything will begin at 11 a.m., and since it is a parade, we hope to have a number of parents and spectators inside the Gruich center to watch everything. We’ll also be doing the costume contest at the Gruich center, and we’ll be serving hot dogs and soft drinks.”

The parade is sponsored by the City of Biloxi, the Mardi Gras Museum, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association. Details: 228-435-6339 or email