St. Pat’s run, parade; council meeting; Smokin’ the Sound

St. Paddy’s run, parade to take over downtown

St. Patrick’s runners, walkers and paraders will be on the streets of downtown Biloxi on Saturday.

At 9 a.m., the annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run follows a downtown course that begins at City Hall.

Then at 2 p.m., the Hibernia Marching Society of Mississippi holds its 29th annual St. Patrick’s parade, with Grand marshal Don Halle and Colleen Grace Blessey highlighting the parade.

The parade route: begins on Main Street at Howard Avenue, south on Main Street, west on U.S. 90, north on Lameuse, west on MLK Boulevard, and turning west on Howard before ending at Caillavet Street.

Council meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

The Biloxi City Council will be asked to approve an updated master plan for the Isle of Capri Casino Resort and nearly two dozen other issues when councilmembers gather Tuesday at City Hall for their 1:30 p.m. meeting.

The agenda also includes variance requests for a daycare center on Popp’s Ferry Road and a church on Esters Boulevard, as well as equipment purchases for the Public Works, Fire and Police departments.

To read the entire agenda, click here.

News and notes

City Desk: Sgt. Jackie Rhodes, public information officer for the Biloxi Police Department, provides a snapshot of crime statistics, while Bay Press editor Gene Coleman raises the issue of flood elevations in this week’s City Desk webcast. To listen to the program, click here.

Smokin’ the Sound: After a year’s absence, Smokin’ the Sound, the powerboat races off the shores of east Biloxi, is back! This year’s event takes place off the shores of east Biloxi March 21-25. To find out more about the biggest, loudest and fastest race boats converging on the Mississippi Sound, click here.