Huge Veterans parade to roll Saturday

The Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade, boasting a lineup of 1,900 marchers, rolls on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. from the IP Casino Resort Spa on Back Bay to the Town Green, where a free Red, White and Blue on the Green Festival is planned.

Although the parade itself begins at 11 o’clock, you can find pre-parade and reviewing stands at City Hall. The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center Wings performers will begin singing at 9:45 a.m. on the steps of City Hall. ¬†The Mississippi Pipes and Drums will perform shortly before the parade arrives.

The parade itself will travel south on Caillavet Street to Esters Boulevard, east on Esters to Lameuse Street, south on Lameuse passing Biloxi City Hall and the reviewing stands, and to the Biloxi Town Green, at Lameuse Street and U.S. 90.

The Red White and Blue on the Green Festival will feature entertainment by the Mississippi School for Math and Science “Blue Notes” beginning at noon.¬† At 1 p.m., the Biloxi High School Philharmonic String Orchestra will perform.

There will be food, arts and crafts vendors, and static displays on the Town Green.
See the Veterans Day parade flyer
See the parade route
See the roster of parade participants


Speaking of parades: Yes, Christmas already

It’s true, talk of Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year. And now, Christmas on the Water. Applications for the annual Children’s Christmas Parade, which takes place Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at 6 p.m., are now available.

Children are invited to ride in hay-filled wagons in the parade; it is open for children in Grades K-3. Deadline to return the forms is Friday, Nov. 21.
See the group participation form
See the hayride form 


Baseball team close to getting a name

Circle Monday, Nov. 24 on your calendar. That’s when the name of Biloxi’s Double-A baseball team will be revealed, team officials announced this afternoon.

The announcement of the team name will be made during a lively, community-oriented gathering late in the day at the Saenger Theater in downtown Biloxi, blocks away from the stadium site. Details will be forthcoming from the team.
Visit the Biloxi baseball website
See the stadium cam


Vocal citizens turn out to speak on tree issues

Dozens of residents from Biloxi and the surrounding area showed up and spoke during a special City Council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the city’s tree-protection ordinance. Most residents spoke in favor of a return to a tree committee to have a say in the process, while others pointed to a need to not add unnecessary layers to burden economic development or diminish property rights.

The next step: ¬†A follow-up meeting to further discuss the tree-protection ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, immediately following the city’s Council’s 1:30 p.m. meeting. The gathering is open to the public and will be at City Hall.
See photos from council meetings Tuesday
See City Arborist Eric Nolan’s explanation of the process


News and notes

Snyder court: The basketball court at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, which has been out of service for a month becuase of termite damage, will re-open Monday. Hours will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Veterans Day: All non-emergency municipal facilities in Biloxi will be closed on Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.