Shrimply the best weekend

A crowd of seafood consumers will gather at the Biloxi Town Green this weekend for the 40th annual Biloxi Seafood Festival.

The two-day festival, which is expected to draw a crowd of anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000, will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

“We shorten our hours a little this year because of the lack of volunteers due to COVID”, said Rachel Leggitt of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce.  “But with the nice weather forecast for the weekend and the number of Hurricane Ida evacuees in town from Louisiana, we expect a great turn out.”

For an admission fee of $5, free to ages 12 and younger, participants can sample an array of seafood and listen to a lineup of live entertainment on Saturday with Coach Riders performing at 10 a.m., Da Real Band at noon, Miles Flat at 2 p.m., D.J. Freddie J. at 4 p.m., and UNFAZED Show Band at 6 p.m. and, on Sunday, The Karate Kids at 11:30 a.m. There will also be dozens of arts, crafts and food vendors and kids’ activities.

The annual event poster will be on sale on the Town Green for $25 and $50 for a signed copy and the event T-shirt will be available for $20.
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News & notes: Weekend, council, gaming, issues

Weekend preview: To get a sampling of the events taking place this weekend in Biloxi, such a the 9/11 T2T run and the Gulf Coast Shrimp Tasting Festival, check out the Biloxi Community Calendar. To see the calendar, click here.

City Council: The Biloxi City Council will have two special-called meetings on Tuesday beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. The first meeting will be to finalize the FY 22 budget, followed by a meeting to discuss FEMA and National Flood Insurance Program updates. Agendas were not available at this writing, but check the City Council agenda link at top left on the city website.

Gaming: The August gaming numbers are in for the Biloxi market, and the state, city, county and local public schools are in line for a banner year. To see the fine print, click here.

Issues: A host of topics, some with citywide relevance, was discussed during the Ward 5 meeting this week. To see a video agenda, with links to individual topics, click here.