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Mardi Gras Parades A Gulf Coast Tradition

2/6/2018 | Tricia McAlvain

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The Gulf Coast of Mississippi holiday season turns to carnival season with the celebration of Three Kings Day or the Twelfth Night. A Christian holi- day, Twelfth Night always falls on January 6th, the Epiphany, the 12th day counting from Christmas, the day three wise men found baby Jesus. Visi- tors gather to see the reigning Royal Court of the Gulf Coast Carnival Association dim the Christmas lights at the Biloxi Visitors Center then travel in pa- rade style to the Mardi Gras Museum where theyilluminate with colors of Mardi Gras for the officialstart of the coast’s carnival season.

Mardi Gras parades are well organized by a mem- bership 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 col- leagues together in the spirit of Carnival season.

Each Krewe hold true to their own unique traditions while keeping the common thread of crowning a King and Queen each year. These individuals are picked from the respective Krewe membership. Floats are designed around the Krewes particulartheme for the year and often reflect current topicsand cultural events. Members of each Krewe havethe honor of riding the floats and they will tossbeads and trinkets to the crowd over the course of the Mardi Gras parade route.

Carnival season always begins on January 6, the Epiphany. The seasons vary in length, however with Mardi Gras (which is French for Fat Tuesday) vary- ing from year to year. 

 

Upcoming Fat Tuesday Dates:

2018 - February 13 2019 - March 5 2020 - February 25 2021 - February 16

ANNUAL "THE MARDI GRAS DRAW”

February 3, 2018
Location: ST. MARTIN COMMUNI- TY CENTER
Address: 15008 LeMoyne Boule- vard, Biloxi, MS 39532
Phone: 228-392-4180
Time: 7pm
Price: Call for details & tickets www.sacredheartelementary.org/

ANNUAL BILOXI CHILDREN’S MARDI GRAS WALKING PARADEFebruary 3, 2018
Location: DOWNTOWN BILOXI Address: 119 Rue Magnolia, Biloxi, MS 39530

Phone: 228-374-3105 Time: 10am
Price: Free www.biloxi.ms.us

ANNUAL CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION OF LONG BEACH MARDI GRAS PARADE
February 3, 2018

Location: Begins at Long Beach High School
Time: 6pm www.longbeachcarnival.com

ANNUAL KREWE OF LITTLE RASCALS CHILDREN MARDI GRAS PARADE
February 3, 2018
Location: Downtown Plaza - Del- mas Ave & Pascagoula St
Phone: 228-219-1114
Time: 12pm
Price: Free www.mainstreetpascagoula.com

ANNUAL MYSTIC KREWE OF PINE ISLAND MARDI GRAS PARADEFebruary 3, 2018
Location: John’s Bayou Rd, Van- cleave

Phone: 228-990-0270 Time: 1:30pm
Price: Free

BAY ST. LOUIS ANNUAL KREWE OF KIDS MARDI GRAS PARADEFebruary 3, 2018
Location: Downtown Area

Time: 11am
Price: Free http://www.baystlouis-ms.gov/

GAUTIER MEN’S CLUB ANNUAL MARDI GRAS PARADE
February 3, 2018
Location: Highway 90, Gautier Time: 7pm http://www.gautier-ms.gov/

ANNUAL KREWE OF NEREIDS MARDI GRAS PARADE
February 4, 2018
Location: Begins on Drinkwater Rd Phone: (228) 342-9232

Time: 12pm
Price: Free www.thekreweofnereids.com/

KREWE OF BARKLOXI-2ND ANNUAL BOW WOW PAW-RADE
February 4, 2018
Location: BILOXI TOWN GREEN Address: 710 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530

Phone: (228) 435-6149
Time: 1pm
Price: $10 pre-registration fee per pet, $15 registration day of event, free to watch www.facebook.com/MyHSSM

OCEAN SPRINGS CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION NIGHT MARDI GRAS PARADE
February 9, 2018
Location: Downtown Ocean Springs
Phone: (228) 355-0146
Time: 7pm www.osnightparade.com/

ANNUAL KREWE OF GEMINI MARDI GRAS DAY PARADE
February 10, 2018
Location: Downtown Gulfport Phone: 228-860-2578

Time: 2pm
Price: Free http://www.gulfport-ms.gov/

ANNUAL KREWE OF DIAMOND- HEAD MARDI GRAS PARADEFebruary 10, 2018
Location: Diamondhead

Time: 12 Noon
Price: Free http://diamondhead.ms.gov/

ANNUAL KREWE OF NEPTUNE NIGHT MARDI GRAS PARADEFebruary 10, 2018
Location: Krewe of Neptune

Time: 5:30pm
Price: Free http://kreweofneptune.org/

ANNUAL KREWE OF SALACIA PARADE
February 10, 2018
Location: Main St

Time: 5:30pm
Price: Free www.facebook.com/KreweofSalacia

SECOND LINERS MARDI GRAS CLUB PARADE
February 10, 2018
Location: GRUICH COMMUNITY CENTER

Address: 591 Howard Avenue, Bi- loxi, MS 39530
Phone: 228-435-6346 or 228-365- 9070

Time: 12pm Price: Free www.biloxi.ms.us

ANNUAL D’IBERVILLE/ST MARTIN NORTH BAY AREA MARDI GRAS PARADE
February 11, 2018

Location: Downtown D’Iberville Time: 1:30pm
Price: Free http://diberville.ms.us/

ANNUAL ST. PAUL MARDI GRAS PARADE
February 11, 2018
Location: Begins at Davis Ave & Hwy 90, Pass Christian

Phone: 228-234-2022 Time: 11:30pm
Price: Free www.stpaulcarnival.com

ANNUAL GULF COAST CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION CORONATION BALLFebruary 12, 2018
Location: Mississippi Coast Colise- um & Convention Center

Phone: (228) 432-8806
Time: 8pm-1am
Price: Free - Viewing Only Allowed 


 

Tricia McAlvain