Encore! Meet the mayors of old again today

If you were not one of 800 visitors to meet some of the spirits of the Old Biloxi cemetery on Sunday, don’t fret.¬† There’s still another presentation yet.

Today from 5 to 7 p.m. the cemetery will again come alive with history, music and characters for the encore presentation of the 10th annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour. Jambalaya and refreshments will be served during the free event,  and parking is available at the Biloxi Elks Lodge, immediately west of the cemetery.

Themed “The Mayors of Biloxi,” the self-guided walking tour focuses on the life and experiences of 17 former Biloxi mayors interred in the Biloxi cemetery.

In fact, three of the re-enactors are descendants of the mayor they are portraying.

Justin Kennedy portrays his great-uncle, former Mayor and hotel owner John J. Kennedy. Laz N. Quave portrays his grandfather, Laz Quave, and Jeffrey O’Keefe portrays his great-uncle and Godfather, John O’Keefe.

“This event has almost triple the characters as past tours,” event organizer Laurie Rosetti said.¬† “Some descendants have brought family artifacts, and Justin Kennedy even has a cello player to add to his re-enactment.”

With such a grand anniversary celebration, visitors will be taking advantage of the encore presentation.

Added Rosetti:¬† “Many visitors said that they would come back on Tuesday so that they could see all of the characters that they missed.”
See photos from Sunday’s event
See the flyer
See the program


CSX closes Iris Street crossing for repairs

CSX contractors this morning have closed the Iris Street rail crossing in west Biloxi to make repairs.

The crossing will be closed overnight and through Wednesday, and work may stretch into Thursday, contractors say. Street closed signs and detours have been marked.
See the status of roadwork citywide


News and notes

The week that was: To see last week’s activity in the departments of Fire, Police and Community Development, click here.

City Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council has a regularly scheduled meeting this afternoon at 1:30 at Biloxi City Hall. To see the agenda for the meeting, along with supporting documents, click here.

Calling boat owners: ¬†Boat owners are invited to attend the 2016 Christmas on the Water Kickoff Party Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, 115 E. First St. ¬†Boat owners will learn more about the parade and be able to register for this year’s Christmas on the Water parade.¬†To see the flyer, click here.