Gulf Coast Carnival rolls Tuesday at 1

“Come early and plan to stay late,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller advises those attending the Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade on Fat Tuesday in downtown Biloxi.

“Traffic is going to be thick and slow-moving,” Miller said, “and if you park along the parade route, know that you’ll have to hang around a while after the parade passes because roadways will be closed until the parade ends.”

The GCCA parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will include 95 floats, three marching bands, three fire trucks, multiple police units, and 20 other types of parade units.

Some key times to be aware of:

9:30 a.m. – Parade units begin lining up near the beginning of the route, at Main Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard.

11 a.m. – Police reduce U.S. 90 to two-way traffic, using the southernmost lanes, between Porter Avenue and Main Street.

Noon – Police close I-110 southbound. Motorists must use Division or Bayview exits.

12:30 p.m. – Police close the parade route to traffic until the parade ends. 
See the GCCA parade route
See Mardi Gras safety tips

Neptune: Scenes from the front lines

Thousands of paradegoers stood along the parade route downtown Saturday night for the Krewe of Neptune parade. To see five minutes of sights and scenes, from City Hall, click here.