City to host youth Mardi Gras ball and dance

The City of Biloxi Parks and Recreation Department will hold the annual Mardi Gras Ball & Dance for children on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road.

The event is open to all children ages 6 to 12, with and without disabilities, and their parents. A King, Queen, Grand Duke, and Duchess will be crowned by random drawing of names. The King and Queen will reign over the Children’s Walking Parade on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Refreshments will be available and security will be provided during the event. All children must be picked up from the Center by 8 p.m.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 228-435-6148 or

City to host children’s walking parade

The City of Biloxi, the Mardi Gras Museum, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association invite children ages 12 and younger to participate in the annual children’s Mardi Gras walking parade, which will be Feb. 3.

This is a non-motorized parade. Bikes, skates, skateboards, scooters and wagons are acceptable. Children are encouraged to be creative and dress in costumes and decorate their bikes, wagons, etc.

Theme for this year’s parade will be “Circus World.”
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the I-110 overpass on Howard Avenue. It will continue east on Howard Avenue through the Vieux Marche Mall and turn south on Lameuse Street, ending at the Town Green, where the Parks and Recreation Department will provide free refreshments and conduct a coast and float contest with trophies and cash prizes.

Participants should arrive at 9 a.m. A limited amount of throws will be available for the children. Children are encouraged bring additional throws. Parents and guardians are welcome to walk with the children.

Children 9 years old and younger must have a parent/guardian walk with them.

To print a form to register for the parade, click here.

Completed applications must be returned in to the Events Office in the Creole Cottage across from City Hall on Lameuse Street or at the parade that morning. You may fax it to (228) 435-6340 or mail it to Kay Miller, City of Biloxi, P.O. Box 429, Biloxi, MS. 39533.

Details: Kay Miller, via e-mail at or (228) 435-6339.