Mardi Gras parade rolls Tuesday; other news and notes

Tens of thousands of paradegoers are expected to gather in downtown Biloxi on Fat Tuesday for the annual Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade.

The 100-unit procession will begin at 1 p.m. and wind its way through the streets from Main Street on the east and Porter Avenue on the west.

To see the parade route, click here.

Biloxi police remind paradegoers to respect private property when parking vehicles, do not park in the Biloxi City Cemetery or block rights of way, and remember to obey law enforcement officers.

“We’re expecting another great parade on Tuesday,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said, “and we’re looking for a happy and safe time for all of our residents and visitors.”

Inaugural Mardi Gras Bed Race takes place Saturday

Dozens of teams will be racing decorated beds in the inaugural Mardi Gras Bed Race Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtwon Biloxi.

The races, a benefit for the Salvation Army, will take place on Lameuse Street, beginning at City Hall and ending at the Town Green, where a crawfish boil with be held.

Mayor A.J. Holloway, other local leaders and a host of Coast businesses are expected to be represented in the races. Spectators may view the races from the viewing stands erected near City Hall.

Details: 228-374-7008 or 228-238-7606

Weekend preview: For a look at the dozens of other events taking place this weekend — including a blues festival at the Coliseum, and a performance by David Copperfield at the Beau Rivage — click here.

News and notes

Council meeting: The City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

BHS honor: Biloxi High School’s distinction of being a national Blue Ribbon Award-winning school will be touted in a TV commercial airing more than 200 times locally on Cable One networks throughout February. To see the 30-second commercial, which is being sponsored by Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, click here.

Webcasting: Topics on this week’s City Desk webcast include the council’s approval of more apartments at a complex off Popp’s Ferry Road, the upcoming State of the City address, and a planning session for the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. To listen to the program, click here.

New zoning map: The Community Development Department has updated the citywide zoning map. To see the map, which is posted in the Maps and Community Development Department sections of the city web site, click here.

Limited seating: Less than 75 seats remain for the Feb 11 State of the City address. The Biloxi-Bay chamber-sponsored luncheon will be held at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and is expected to sell out shortly. Those interesting in reserving seats — $25 per seat or $300 for a reserved table of 10 — should contact the Biloxi Bay Chamber via e-mail at or by phone at

Contract awards: The city has awarded contracts for $268,000 to L.J. Construction Co. to install sewer service along Campbell Drive off Popp’s Ferry Road and $5,670 to Abatement Contractors of Mississippi for asbestos abatement at the City Hall annex.