Children’s walking parade is next weekend; sign up now

The annual Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade will make its way through downtown Biloxi on Saturday, March 5.

The annual parade, which is a project of the Mardi Gras Museum, Gulf Coast Carnival Association and the city, is designed to provide a taste of the carnival experience for those 12 and younger.

Theme of this year’s parade is “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” Those participating are encouraged to dress in costumes or decorate their bikes, skates, skateboards, scooters or wagons with the theme in mind. Awards will be given for the best costumes and floats.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at MLK Boulevard and Lameuse Street and proceed south to the Town Green. Those planning to participate should arrive at the Saenger parking lot between 10 and 10:30 on the morning of the parade.

More info: To see a registration form and to read more information about the parade, click here.

Mardi Gras: Tale of the tape, and the barricades and more

Joey “Moose” Miller, the Mardi Gras ramrod in the city’s Public Works Department, gave the tale of the tape during a recent meeting between city personnel and parade organizers:

When Fat Tuesday arrives on March 8, the city’s 2.7-mile parade route will feature:

— 415 traffic cones (265 four-feet tall, and 150 two-feet tall)

— 105 orange barrels

— 10 k-rails, which are heavy-duty plastic barricades normally used to block streets

— 11,000 feet of orange fencing

— 1,460 rebars, which are reinforced bars or rods used to erect fencing

— 1,000 feet of yellow caution tape

— 35 wooden barricades

— 1,850 metal barricades, which are eight feet long by four feet tall.

Replant Biloxi to distribute trees this weekend at Arbor Day event

City Arborist Eric Nolan said about 330 trees — Southern Magnolia, Bald Cypress and River Birch — will be given away Saturday at the Town Green as part of the Arbor Day Run and Disability Fair.

The trees will be distributed after the races at 10 a.m., and are expected to go quickly, Nolan said.

Those interested will be required to fill out an adoption form — get one by clicking here — promising to care for the tree.

For information about the Arbor Day 5K and 1-mile health walk, and the disability fair — click here.

News and notes

Historic photos: To see photos from this year’s Mississippi Gulf Coast History Week exhibition, which continues at the Biloxi Community Center through 2 this afternoon, click here.

Traffic update: To see the latest on road work in and around the city, click here.