Parents: Sign up your children for the Christmas walking parade

Parades are the big news this week, with the salute to veterans and the Veterans Day parade and festival in downtown Biloxi on Saturday, but attention is already turning to Christmas parades, too.

Students in Biloxi Public Schools on Wednesday will be receiving registration forms for the annual Christmas on the Water Children’s Walking Parade, which takes place Friday, Dec. 1 in downtown Biloxi. 

Youngsters in grades K-4 are invited to dress in holiday colors and garb and participate in the annual parade, which features hay-filled wagons and marchers, and makes its way through downtown Biloxi to the Town Green for the lighting of the Town Green.

Santa and Edgewater Mall: There’s also going to be a parade of sorts – a parade of children and families – Saturday morning at Edgewater Mall when Santa Claus will magically appear at 10 a.m. at the stage near Dillard’s.

And for those who wonder if Santa is arriving earlier and earlier each year, not so, says Edgewater Mall Manager Terry Powell. “Typically, Santa has been arriving the first weekend in November, but we wanted to make sure we had the mall decked out in its Christmas best to greet him on Saturday morning.”

Santa will be at the mall from Nov. 11 through Dec. 24, and next weekend, on Nov. 18 and 19, Santa will be joined by a trio of actual reindeer – two female reindeer and a baby reindeer – for professional photos, with packages beginning at $17.

Said Powell: “It’s a family tradition for photos with Santa at Edgewater Mall, but this year we’re going to have some of his ‘workhorses’ drop by for a couple days, too.”
See the children’s walking parade registration form
See the children’s walking parade map
See the Edgewater Mall Santa Facebook link


News and notes: Veterans parade, boat ramps, flying the colors

Veterans Day Parade: Expect to see a lineup of 1,900 marchers in downtown Biloxi for the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Biloxi Saturday. The procession begins at 11 a.m., but there’s a daylong festival on the Town Green.  To see more about the events, click here.

Ramping up: Work is continuing on the boat ramp at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, and, in the meantime, boaters are using the Kuhn Street boat launch. To see photos of both sites, click here.

Biloxi, leading the way: City of Biloxi vehicles in all departments are now sporting an official “City of Biloxi” license plate on their front bumpers. To see for yourself, click here.