Diversity shines on Town Green Saturday

The city celebrates its diverse culture this weekend on the Biloxi Town Green.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. a host of vendors and entertainers will fill the grounds for the city’s inaugural Multicultural Festival, an event that brings together the wide-ranging Gulf Coast culture to one spot.

More than two dozen food vendors, an eclectic list of performers, informational booths and free admission will be part of the affair. 

“We have food vendors selling anything from Italian, Vietnamese, American, Honduran, Mexican to barbecue,” Parks & Recreation Director Cheryl Bell said.  “We will also have inflatables, arts and crafts, games and lots of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.”

The entertainment will include performances by the El Pueblo Dancers and the Dragon Dancers, and music by DJ. Boogety, DJ Ice Man, the alternative band Adams Destruction and the self-proclaimed “high energy party band” Unfazed. 

Biloxi firefighters will be on site offering fire truck rides, and the Biloxi Police Department will have a safety tip and informational booth set up.  

The Multicultural Festival is organized by the Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department and the Biloxi Block Captains. 
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View the vendor application 


IP hosts ‘Und Ohr the Sea’ gala this evening

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art holds its “Und Ohr the Sea” gala tonight at the IP Casino Resort and Spa.

The nautical-themed affair is the museum’s major fundraiser of the year.  It will be from 7 to 10 p.m. with complimentary wine and an array of food and activities. 

IP Casino Chef Shannon Johnson will provide a menu of delicacies from IP restaurants, accompanied by a dessert station and cash bar.

Also part of the event will be a silent auction, a raffle featuring a “BBQ by the Beach” gift set, a treasure chest full of 500 silver dollars, and an under the sea costume contest.

Tickets are $100 each and are available for purchase at the museum or online at georgeohr.org.

For ticket information, call the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art at 228-374-5547.
Visit the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art Museum website 


Also on tap: ‘Clone Wars,’ Lighthouse walk

Outdoor activities also highlight the weekend activity schedule. 

It’s movie time on the Town Green tonight. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will be shown at dusk this evening as part of the city’s summer movie series. The concession stand, operated by the Friends of Hiller Park and Police Explorers, opens at 6 p.m., with a host of activities beginning at 6:30, just before the movie. Admission is a can or bag of dog or cat food for the Humane Society of South Mississippi. 

Then on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you have a chance to climb to the Biloxi Lighthouse in the “Climbing with Heart” fund-raising event for the American Heart Association. The usual $5 fee ($2 for children) will be waived, but donations will be accepted for the cause. 

In the casino resorts, you’ll find the Clairvoyants entertaining at the IP and Peter Cetera performing at the Beau Rivage, and there’s a circus over at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.
Print a flyer for the Town Green movie
See background on the Lighthouse climb
See the overall weekend entertainment lineup


News ‘n’ notes: Hizzoner on ‘City Desk,’ seniors, council agenda

City Desk: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who is still not accustomed to be referred to as “The Honorable,” guests on this week’s podcast. To hear his take on the issues facing Biloxi, click here.

Seniors: A wide array of seniors activities – ceramics, arts and crafts, and Tai chi — are offered on a regular basis each month through the city’s Parks & Recreation Department. To see the lineup for October, click here.

City Council: Highlighting the agenda for the Tuesday afternoon City Council meeting are zoning issues, including the vacation of a section of Maycock Street for the new Mugshots restaurant and the re-zoning of land to allow a go-cart track on West Beach at the former site of Slippery Sam’s water park. To see the agenda and supporting documents for the meeting, click here.