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2019 Gulf Coast Parade Schedule - Mardi Gras Beads, King Cakes, and Parades Ohh My! Experience Carnival Season a Gulf Coast Tradition

1/29/2019 | Tricia McAlvain

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Anticipation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras traditions run high with thoughts of bright colored beads, scrumptious king cakes, and magnificent costumes and themed parades dancing in One's mind. Each year Carnival season purples, golds and greens follow right behind the colors of Christmas with elegance as the annual Mardi Gras parade season begins to roll through the streets of the Gulf Coast.

 

Mardi Gras parades are well organized by a membership of like-minded people referred to as a Krewe. A person must be invited to join a Krewe, with the acceptance of their application being placed before a membership review board. Many Krewes are made of long lines of proud Gulf Coast families creating annual coastal family traditions. Mardi Gras Krewes bring families, friends, and colleagues together in the spirit of Carnival season.

 

History tells us during French rule, the first ever Mardi Gras parade was held in Mobile, Alabama in the early 1700s.  Pre-Katrina New Orleans would see 60 or more parades rolling through their streets. As time progresses our economy changes and so do our Mardi Gras parades. Dancing clubs and walking troupes are popping up in every coastal city adding a new array of traditions and an eclectic element with their music, dance, and visual performance art. Mississippians truly embrace the Mardi Gras traditions of their own with long running annual Mardi Gras parades in each Gulf Coast city.

 

Each Krewe hold true to their own unique traditions while keeping the common thread of crowning a new King or Queen each year. These individuals are picked from the respective Krewe membership. Floats are designed around the Krewes particular theme for the year and often reflect current topics and cultural events. Members of each Krewe have the honor of riding the floats and they will toss beads and trinkets to the crowd over the course of the Mardi Gras parade route. The trinkets usually bear the Krewes emblem along with the theme and date. 

 

2019 Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Parade Schedule


Saturday, February 9

Krewe of the Pearl Mardi Gras Parade

Goodyear Blvd, Main St, W Canal St, Kirkwood St, Goodyear Blvd

Picayune, 2pm


Saturday, February 16 

Annual Ocean Springs Elks Mardi Gras Parade 

Front Beach, Porter Ave, Washington Ave, Government St, and Holcomb Blvd

Ocean Springs, 1pm facebook.com/events/256716421523725 


Annual Krewe of Legacy Mardi Gras Parade 

JP Ladner Rd, Edwin Ladner Rd, Vidalia Rd

Pass Christian, 1pm facebook.com/123LEGACY 


Annual Pass Christian Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

JP Ladner Rd, Edwin Ladner Rd, Vidalia Rd

Pass Christian, 1pm


Second Liners Mardi Gras Club Parade

Nichols Dr, Division St, Caillavet St to Esters Blvd (end at Doris C Busch Park)

Biloxi, 1pm 


Annual Krewe Unique Mardi Gras Parade

Front Beach, Porter Ave, Washington Ave, Government St, and Holcomb Blvd

Ocean Springs, 2pm 


Sunday, February 17 

Annual Lizana Mardi Gras Parade 

Lizana School Rd, Cable Bridge Rd, Northrop Cuevas Rd, back to Lizana School Rd

Gulfport, 1pm 


Saturday, February 23 

Annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade 

Downtown Biloxi, Rue Magnolia District

Biloxi, 10a, biloxi.ms.us


Annual Krewe of Little Rascals Children Mardi Gras Parade 

Delmas Ave, Canty St, Watts Ave, and Magnolia St 

Pascagoula, 1pm, mainstreetpascagoula.com 


Annual Mystic Krewe of Pine Island Mardi Gras Parade 

John's Bayou Rd

Vancleave, 1:30pm 


Annual Carnival Association of Long Beach Mardi Gras Parade

Cleveland Ave, 1st St, Jeff Davis, E Railroad, Cleveland Ave

Long Beach, 6pm longbeachcarnival.com 


Annual Gautier Men's Club Mardi Gras Parade 

Dolphin Rd, Gautier-Vancleave Rd, Highway 90, Dolphin Dr 

Gautier, 7pm gautiernightparade.com 


Sunday, February 24 

Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Parade 

Begins at Auderer Blvd & Hwy 90 to Drinkwater Rd

Waveland, 12pm thekreweofnereids.com 


Krewe of Barkloxi-Annual Bow Wow PAW-RADE 

Spectators free, $10 pre-registration fee per pet, $15 registration day of event.

Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd 

Biloxi, 1pm facebook.com/MyHSSM 


Friday, March 1 

Ocean Springs Carnival Association Night Mardi Gras Parade

Front Beach, Porter Ave, Washington Ave, Government St, Holcomb Blvd

Ocean Springs, 7pm osnightparade.com 


Saturday, March 2 

Annual Krewe of Diamondhead Mardi Gras Parade 

Gex Dr, Kalani Dr, Diamondhead Dr, Golf Club Dr 

Diamondhead, 12pm


Annual Jackson County Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade 

Ingalls Ave, Market St, Jackson Ave, Pascagoula St

Pascagoula, 1pm 


Annual Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Day Parade 

19th St, Hwy 49, 14th St, 13th St, 24th Ave, 14th St, 21st Ave, 14th St, 24th Ave, 19th St 

Gulfport, 2pm 


Annual Krewe of Neptune Night Mardi Gras Parade 

Main St, Hwy 90, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Howard Ave, Caillavet St

Biloxi, 5:30pm kreweofneptune.org 


Annual Krewe of Salacia Parade 

Main St, Hwy 90, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Howard Ave, Caillavet St

 Biloxi, 6:30pm facebook.com/KreweofSalacia 


Sunday, March 3 

Annual St. Paul Mardi Gras Parade 

Second St, St Louis St, Henderson Ave, Scenic Drive, Davis Ave

Pass Christian, 12:30am stpaulcarnival.com 


Annual D'Iberville/St Martin North Bay Area Mardi Gras Parade 

Lemoyne Blvd, Central Ave, Rodriguez St, Automall Parkway

D'Iberville , 1:30pm 


Monday, March 4, Lundi Gras

Annual Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse Mardi Gras Parade 

Bookter St, Necaise Ave, Main St, Demontluzin Ave, Bay St Louis, Bookter St

Bay St Louis, 5pm facebook.com/mystickreweoftheseahorse 


Tuesday, March 5, Mardi Gras

Annual Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade 

Main St, Hwy 90, Lameuse St, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Reynoir St, Hwy 90, Porter Ave, Howard Ave

Biloxi, 1pm gulfcoastcarnivalassociation.com 


Annual Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras Parade 

Bookter & Necaise Ave, Main St, N Beach Blvd, Union St, Blaize  Ave, Sycamore St, Bookter St

Bay St Louis, 1pm 


Krewe of Real People the Next Generation Mardi Gras Parade

Bookter & Necaise Ave, Main St, N Beach Blvd, Union St, Blaize  Ave, Sycamore St, Bookter St

Bay St Louis, 1pm 


Annual Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Night Parade

19th St, Hwy 49, 14th St, 13th St, 24th Ave, 14th St, 21st Ave, 14th St, 24th Ave, 19th St

Gulfport, 5:30pm


 

Tricia McAlvain