"Carnival on the Coast" is
an exciting season for the young to the old, locals, & visitors!
Elaborately decorated floats throw "treasures" (trinkets like beads,
stuffed animals, logoed cups, doubloons, food items called "Moon Pies"
and more) to eager bystanders! "Throw Me Something Mister" is a familiar
phrase yelled out by on lookers to the carnival "Krewes" on the floats
as they pass by hoping to "scoop" up some of these exciting items. On
the Mississippi Gulf Coast, there are more than 20 parades. The Mardi
Gras Season attracts over 450,000 people every year and continues to
grow in popularity.
In 1908, the Gulf Coast Carnival Association was the first Krewe to
parade on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with 17 floats. Today there are
more than 20 parades, a long way from one parade with 17 floats, with
each parade having 20 or more floats! In 2005, Hurricane Katrina slowed
the celebration, but did not stop the carnival season. The party
continued even under adverse conditions with each city holding smaller
versions of their parades. With the addition of two new parades in 2009,
and in 2011 the Long Beach Carnival Association Parade making its debut
as an evening parade, the coast continues "Carnival on the Coast" with
the party getting bigger & better every year!
Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 Events 2003!
Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Winter Event 2010, 2011 & 2013!
Upcoming Mardi Gras Dates:
- 2015 - February 17
- 2016 - February 9
- 2017 - February 28
- 2018 - February 13
- 2019 - March 5
- 2020 - February 25
- 2021 - February 16
Mardi Gras Trivia: The March 9th and February
3rd dates are extra special, because those dates only occur once in a
lifetime, each occurring roughly once every 100-150 years. The next date
of March 9 is the year 2038. The closest many of us will see the
Holiday to that date, in our lifetime, was 2011 when Mardi Gras occurred
on March 8th. On the other end of the spectrum, very few of us will see
the next February 3 date, which is 2285! February 5th was the earliest
this century, which occurred in 2008, the next one that early will be in