Museum stages Fireman’s Day Parade, open house this weekend

West End Hose Company No. 3, the Biloxi Fire Museum & Educational Center, will present a Fireman’s Day Parade through downtown Biloxi on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.

The parade, which is reviving a Biloxi tradition dating back the 1800s, will lineup at Lameuse Street and U.S. 90, travels north on Lameuse, west around MLK Boulevard onto Howard Avenue, and ends at the West End Hose Co. No. 3, at 1046 Howard Ave.

After the parade, a reception will be held at the museum with a static display and the unveiling of a new Hurricane Katrina display.

Parade organizers – from the all-volunteer fire museum – are hoping to rekindle interest in an annual fireman’s parade, which at one time rivaled the size and popularity of Mardi Gras parades.

Those with questions can email or call Rick Murden at (228) 229-6461 or Sammy Handler at (228) 860-9820.

Lighthouse climb: The city’s team in the upcoming heartwalk is inviting residents to climb the 57 steps inside the Biloxi Lighthouse on Saturday. Find out more by clicking here.

Weekend overview: For a look at the overall lineup of weekend entertainment, click here.

International Children’s Festival is Saturday Town Green

Food, games and family fun will be the main attractions Saturday when the
CISV Gulf Coast
Festival takes place on the Biloxi Town Green.

The free event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. will offer a chance to learn about other cultures in a fun atmosphere.

A bounce area, Kid Master Express Train and performers are planned.

For more information, call (228)324-6460 or email

To print a flyer about the festival,
click here.

News and notes

Missing link: A Bmail on Thursday included an incorrect link to Mayor Holloway’s presentation to the Breakfast with the Mayor audience. Apologies for the error. To read the text of the speech — which detailed city projects from Point Cadet to Woolmarket — click here.

Webcasting: Alan Santa Cruz, one of the authors of a new book about postcards of Biloxi, guests on this week’s City Desk webcast. To listen to the program, click here.

Debris report: City debris czar Jonathan Kiser reports that the city is 97 percent complete with its first citywide debris sweep. Residents, of course, are continuing to haul debris to the curb, which crews will pick up in a final pass that begins on Oct. 1. To see charts chronicling debris efforts to date — which amount to more than $200,000 — click here.