Neptune, Gulf Coast Carnival parade reminders

Biloxi A to Z: Neptune and Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade routes and reminders headline this week’s video.

As final preparations are being made by city crews and Mardi Gras krewes for the upcoming Neptune and Gulf Coast Carnival Association parades, city leaders are asking parade-goers to have a plan.

“Mardi Gras is one of our great cultural celebrations in Biloxi,” says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “And we want everyone to have a spirited yet safe time. We ask everyone to make sure they have a good plan before, during, and after the parades.”

Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning to attend the Neptune parade set for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the Gulf Coast Carnival Associations parade set for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, both downtown.

Before the parade

– Carpool and anticipate traffic delays.

– Park only in legal parking spaces. No parking in the median or on sidewalks.  

– Do not park too close to the railroad tracks.

– Do not park in the Biloxi City Cemetery.

During the parade

– Do not cross or go around barricades.

– Follow any instructions police give you.

– It is unlawful for minors — anyone under 21 years of age — to consume alcoholic beverages.

– Do not bring your animals to the event area. 

 – Do not bring glass containers to the parade. Use plastic instead.

– Use portable restrooms along the parade route.

After the parade

– Do not attempt to operate a vehicle if you are under the influence of alcohol.

– Follow the directions of officers posted along the routes.

– Expect traffic delays and heavy traffic immediately after the parade.

– Drive defensively and courteously.
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See the Krewe of Neptune Parade route
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See the traffic plan

News & notes: Reports, mobile vendors, birthday cake, B-Alert

The week that was: Weekly reports from the departments of Police and Community Development departments are now online for your review. To see the report from last week and an archive of weekly reports, click here.

Mobile food vendors: Those interested in being a mobile food vendor in Biloxi, must follow requirements before setting up, including those interested in participating in Mardi Gras. For a brief description of the requirements, click here. For more information, including questions, contact the Biloxi Community Development Department weekdays at 228-435-6280.

Birthday cake surprise: A grand birthday cake measuring 6 feet wide x 7 feet high will be leading the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade in honor of our beautiful city’s 325th birthday! This promises to be the biggest birthday party the coast has ever seen with Fat Tuesday sharing the day with Biloxi’s birthday!

B-Alert: Stay in the know about weather advisories, road closures, road re-openings, and other traffic advisories by signing up for B-Alert. It’s a real-time, on-the-go messaging system that brings advisories directly to your cell phone.  Just text BILOXI to 99411.