Crawfish festival headlines weekend events

The Crawfish Music Festival, held annually at the Coast Coliseum for more than two decades now, continues throughout the weekend with live musical performances, carnival rides and, of course, crawfish.

The event, which officially began Thursday with the Miss Crawfish Music Festival pageant, is held over two weekends and includes live entertainment each night and a crawfish cook off, with tastings by eventgoers, this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Admission is $17 per adult, $6 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger.  The Crawfish Music Festival is open this weekend from 5 to 11 tonight, 1 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Elsewhere this weekend:  Biloxi Little Theatre tonight opens its run of “Les Miserables: School Edition,” a Triple Threat Academy production. The Great American Clean Up wraps up on Saturday with an organized clean-up from the Point Cadet Plaza from 8 a.m. to noon, the Clare Sekul Hornsby Biloxi Lions Club Park ribbon cutting is at 11:30 a.m. off Benachi Avenue, over at MGM Park, the Shuckers play the Jackson Generals on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. and at the casinos, Alice Cooper performs at the Beau Rivage, Brandon Bennett at the Hard Rock and Air Supply at the IP Casino Resort.
See a complete music festival lineup
See a complete weekend lineup
See the park ribbon cutting flyer


Absentee voting at City Hall on Saturday

Biloxi City Hall will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for absentee voting for the May 2 Primary Election.

Absentee votes, which is for eligible voters who are unable to be at the polls on election day, also may be cast weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, which is at 140 Lameuse St. City Hall also will be open next Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to noon. 
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Unwelcome visitor apprehended at Biloxi Lighthouse

Yes, we’re a visitor-oriented city, and everyone is welcome.  Well, not quite everyone.

Biloxi Police Officer Bryan Wallace this afternoon muzzled a four-foot alligator on the Biloxi beachfront after a beachgoer carried the four-legged reptile to the shoreline.

It’s a rare occurrence, said Wallace, a former Department of Marine Resources officer who’s actually hog-tied a gator or two in his day. He said the gator would be relocated to the wild, far away from the usually inviting beaches of Biloxi.
See video of the apprehension


News and notes

Police awards:  Nearly a dozen awards were given to officers and citizens for there work in and support of law enforcement during the Police Department’s first quarter awards ceremony held earlier today at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.  To see images from the ceremony, click here.

Longevity awards: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this week recognized 32 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation.  To see a list of those recognized during the presentation given at the April 18 council meeting, click here.

Council agenda: The Biloxi City Council meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. To see agenda for the public meeting, click here.