Mardi Gras 2023: Parade routes and more

Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, Feb. 11, 10 a.m., Downtown. Open to ages 12 and younger. Parade travels from under the I-110 on Howard and ends a Biloxi City Hall, 140 Lameuse St. Late registration and costume and float sign up the day of the event from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the parade start. See the event flyer and map

GCCA 11th Annual Run for the Beads 5K Run, Feb. 11, 8-10 a.m., Downtown, Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Museum, 792-A Howard Ave. Registration begins one hour before run time. Admission: $20 prior to the event, $25 day of. Details or online registration:

7th Annual Krewe of Barkloxi PAWrade, Feb. 12, 11 a.m., Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd. Presented by the Humane Society of South Mississippi. Vendors and sponsors $50-$250. This family-friendly Mardi Gras parade for dogs begins at the Biloxi Town Green with activities. Pre-register your pet(s) visit See the map 

Seniors Mardi Gras Bash, Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. Wear your Mardi Gras attire. A King, Queen, and Duchess will be crowned by random drawing. Hors d’ oeuvres, music by DJ, and door prizes. Free admission to those 55 and older. RSVP to Parks & Recreation by Feb 6. See the flyer

Special Needs Mardi Gras Ball & Dance, Feb 17, 6-9 p.m. Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. Mardi Gras-themed event is open and free to all with physical and mental disabilities. A King, Queen, Grand Duke, and Duchess will be crowned by random drawing. Hors d’oeuvres will be available, door prizes will be given out, and entertainment provided. Details: 228-388-7170

Second Liners Mardi Gras Club Parade, Feb. 18, Noon, Downtown. Parade begins on Division Street at Nichols Drive and ends at Doris C. Busch Park, 645 Esters Blvd. See the map

Krewe of Neptune Night Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m., Downtown. Parade begins on Main Street and travels south to U.S. 90, west along Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to Howard Avenue, north to Caillavet Street, and ends at Bayview Avenue. This year’s theme is “Neptune Rules The World.” See the map 

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Coronation Ball, Feb. 20, 8 p.m., Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd. Witness the coronation of King D’Iberville and Queen Ixolib, who will rule over Carnival for 2023! Pick up a view card from the Biloxi Visitors Center or Biloxi City Hall. This year’s theme: “It’s All in Black and White.” Free admission. Details: or 228-432-8806

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 21, 1 p.m., Downtown. Parade route begins at Main Street and MLK Jr. Blvd., travels south on Reynoir Street, west on U.S. 90, north on Porter Avenue, east on Howard Avenue, and ends at Caillavet Street. See the map
See the February Community Calendar

News & notes: Traffic plan, CTA, weekly reports

Traffic plan: The city employs a number of traffic plans for special events, including Mardi Gras. The plan helps to ensure traffic does not impede response times for emergency vehicles. To see the Mardi Gras traffic plan, click here.

CTA Mardi Gras bus routes: Some Mardi Gras parades will affect some Coast Transit Authority bus routes. To see the changes, click here

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 179 calls for service, including 111 medical emergencies and 10 fires; the Police Department handled 1,757 calls for service; the Community Development Department issued 66 building permits with a construction valuation of more than $2 million and the Engineering Department continued to progress on projects throughout the city.  To see the reports covering last week, click here.