Children’s walking parade pushed back to Monday

The annual Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade in downtown Biloxi is being moved from Saturday to Monday because of the threat of inclement weather this weekend.

Organizers made the decision this morning.

“Everything is the same as it was — meeting between 10 and 10:30 at the Saenger parking lot, starting at 11, and the awards ceremony afterward on the Town Green — except we’re pushing it back to Monday,” said city staffer Bill Raymond. “Participation should not be an issue because Monday is a school holiday.”

More than 200 youngsters had pre-registered to participate in the parade, and more are expected to sign up immediately before the parade. There is no fee, and a limited number of throws are provided.

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 — don’t worry about the date — and to read more information about the parade, click here.

Updated flyer: To see a flyer about the new date, click here.