Giddy up, cowpokes! It’s the Biloxi finals

The Professional Cowboy Association, rodeo’s premier showcase with cowboys and cowgirls trying to wrangle their share of more than $140,000, takes place this weekend at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

The rodeo, a culmination of three dozen rodeos throughout the Southeast, features competition in eight events: bareback riding, saddle-bronco riding, steer wrestling, team roping, calf roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

The action takes place this evening and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets range begin at $15, with discounts available.

Elsewhere this weekend: Tommy James & The Shondells and Ann Wilson of Heart have shows at IP Casino Resort, Riverdance is at Beau Rivage, and of course, there’s the big rodeo, the Biloxi finals actually, at the Coast Coliseum.
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‘MLK50’ kicks off this evening with concert

More than 62 entries have signed up for the annual MLK parade, which takes place on Monday, but a host of activities are planned leading up to the parade.

The parade, by the way, alternates between Gulfport and Biloxi each year and will take place in Gulfport this year.

The weekend-long celebration, dubbed “MLK50” to mark the 50th anniversary of the slaying of Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., kicks off this evening at 7 with a Gospel concert at Grace Temple Baptist Church in Gulfport, and the celebration moves to the Kroc Center in Biloxi Saturday morning at 9 when  “Where is ‘The Village,’” a family symposium takes place.

Then on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., Dr. Corey Wiggins, executive director of the Mississippi NAACP, will be the keynote speaker at an awards program, “Where do we go from Here,” at the Biloxi Civic Center.

The Monday parade, which begins at 11 a.m., begins on 26th Avenue, turns left on 19th Street, right onto 38th Avenue, continues onto Terrace Drive and ends at Milner Stadium in Gulfport.



Spring break, Mardi Gras plans to top council agenda

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, whose department is tasked with planning for traffic and crowd control for major events in the city, will discuss plans for two upcoming major endeavors, Mardi Gras and spring break, during the City Council meeting on Tuesday.

During the same meeting, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking the City Council to approve a budget amendment of nearly $280,000 for the Police and Public Works departments to buy traffic control devices to help implement a traffic plan for spring break.

Under the plan, which was first used years ago in the second year of spring break, U.S. 90 would be limited to one eastbound lane and one westbound lane from I-110 to DeBuys Road during spring break, which could attract as many as 70,000 people to Biloxi during the weekend of April 13-15. The funding would also allow the Police Department to hire as many as 80 additional officers to help implement the traffic plan.
See the spring break resolution and plan 
See the complete council agenda 
City Desk: Hear about spring break and other issues



‘Run for Beads’ takes place Feb. 3

Gulf Coast Carnival Association is seeking registrations – children, adults and seniors – for its sixth annual Run for the Beads taking place Saturday, Feb. 3 through downtown Biloxi.

The event includes a one-mile fun run and a five-kilometer run. Costume contests also will be held, along with drawings for prizes. The race will end at the Biloxi Town Green.

Post-race drinks and entertainment will be provided by Half Shell Oyster House at the Mardi Gras Museum, just west of Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant.
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