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Biloxi Twelfth Night

January 6

The Gulf Coast will officially change from the holiday season to Carnival season on Monday, Jan. 6, with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning at the Biloxi Visitors Center and parading to the Mardi Gras Museum. The occasion also serves as reminder of the religious significance of Carnival, often lost on the tens of thousands of revelers at Mardi Gras parades. Twelfth Night, the 12th day from Christmas, is the night before the Epiphany, the day when the three wise men visited the infant Jesus, foretelling the revelation of God the Son being born as a human.

The Twelfth Night gathering will begin at the Visitors Center, and at 6 p.m., the reigning Royal Court of Gulf Coast Carnival Association will be presented to extinguish the Christmas lights at the Biloxi Lighthouse. The entourage will then board a float and parade to the Mardi Gras Museum, where, at 6:30 p.m., the lights at the Mardi Gras Museum will be illuminated, signaling the beginning of Carnival season.

  • Date(s): 01/06/2016 - 01/06/2016
  • Times: 5pm
  • Location: Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Julie Suarez or Biloxi Visitor Center
  • Phone: (228) 435-6280 or (228) 374-3105
  • Admission: Free

5th Krewe of CASA Mardi Gras GALA

January 8

The evening will include dinner, a live band, a silent auction, and the crowning of CASA's King and Queen. Come out for a great, fun event while helping children. This year's theme, "Steps to a Brighter Future." Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children of Hancock County.

  • Date(s): 01/08/2016 - 01/08/2016
  • Times: 7pm-noon
  • Location: Bay St. Louis Community Hall, Blaize Street, Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: CASA of Hancock County
  • Phone: 228-344-0419
  • Admission: $40

6th Annual Krewe Of Legacy Mardi Gras Ball

January 9

Enjoy dinner & dancing the night away. Festivities include dinner, presentation of the Krewe of Legacy court, and dancing. BYOB set ups provided. Casual attire.

  • Date(s): 01/09/2016 - 01/09/2016
  • Times: Festivities start @ 5pm
  • Location: Long Beach Civic Center
  • Contact: Jeffery Cuevas
  • Phone: 228-216-2097
  • Admission: Call for tickets

49th Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Ball

January 16

You're invited to join in the fun with the presentation of 2016 royal court and beautiful tableau, and then afterwards, enjoy a wonderful dinner and dance. Strictly Formal Attire - evening gown & tuxedo required for supper dance. No charge for viewing the tableau, but must call for invitation. Supper Dance cost associated - Call or check website for tickets to one or the other or both. Sponsored by the Krewe of Nereids.

  • Date(s): 01/16/2016 - 01/16/2016
  • Times: 9pm
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Dianne Martin - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-216-9911
  • Admission: Reservations Required - Call for tickets

8th Annual Krewe Of Legacy Mardi Gras Parade

January 23

Floats, horse & buggies, golf carts, antique cars & more parade throughout a 5-mile circular route North of Interstate 10! The parade starts & ends @ Neco's Market Place @ the intersection of Vidalia & Cable Bridge Road (Exit 24) - Exit North on Firetower Road to Vidalia Road, then east on Vidalia Road to Cable Bridge Road.

  • Date(s): 01/23/2016 - 01/23/2016
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Pass Christian Area – See Above
  • Contact: Jeffery Cuevas
  • Phone: 228-216-2097 or 228-234-9454
  • Admission: Spectators Free

26th Annual Mystic Krewe of Pine Island Mardi Gras Parade

January 30

Family friendly parade with lots of throws and family FUN! Join in on the FUN and catch lots of "goodies!" Parade line up begins at Johns' Bayou Road at 12 Noon and rolls at 1:30.

  • Date(s): 01/30/2016 - 01/30/2016
  • Times: 1:30pm
  • Location: Johns' Bayou Road, Vancleave
  • Contact: J.R. (Rich) Wilson - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-990-0270
  • Admission: Free

41th Annual Ocean Springs – Elks Mardi Gras Parade

January 30
Traditionally Mississippi's first major parade of the season! Parade rolls at 1:00pm through downtown Ocean Springs rain or shine. Parade begins on East Beach by the site of the Ocean Springs Yacht Club, continues through downtown Ocean Springs, and finishes at the Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School (Formerly the High School).

  • Date(s): 01/30/2016 - 01/30/2016
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Historic Downtown Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Elks Lodge
  • Phone: 228-872-2501
  • Admission: Spectators Free

49th Annual Krewe of Veterans Ball

January 30

VFW Post 3373 will host the Krewe of Veterans 49th Annual Ball. 

  • Date(s): 01/30/2016 - 01/30/2016
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: VFW Post 3373, 4724 Vega St, Pascagoula
  • Contact: VFW Bar Manager
  • Phone: 228-769-8387
  • Admission: $15

6th Annual "The Mardi Gras Draw"

January 30

Start the Mardi Gras Season off with a "buck"...well many "bucks" Enjoy a fundraising evening featuring a dinner, silent auction, dancing to live entertainment and of course, the DRAWDOWN - worth $4,000! Now you can have a lot of fun with that - "Throw Me A BUCK" please. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Elementary in D'Iberville.

  • Date(s): 01/30/2016 - 01/30/2016
  • Times: Fun starts @ 7pm
  • Location: St. Martin Community Center
  • Contact: Jane Sema - Principal
  • Phone: 228-392-4180
  • Admission: Call for details & tickets

49th Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Parade

January 31

The parade route begins at the intersection of Drinkwater & Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis (in front of the Bay St. Louis Governmental Annex Bldg) then rolls west ending at Auderder Street & Highway 90 in Waveland (disbanding in front of West End Restaurant)  The parade will travel west bound towards Waveland in the east bound lane - one straight route - from the Bay to Waveland. Great fun for the entire family.

  • Date(s): 01/31/2016 - 01/31/2016
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Highway 90, Waveland
  • Contact: Dianne Martin - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-216-9911
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Jackson County Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

 February 6

Jackson County Carnival Association Parade roll thru the CIty of Pascagoula MS on February 6,2016 at 1pm Rain date is February 7, 2016 at 2m

  • Date(s): 02/06/2016 - 02/06/2016
  • Times: 1 pm
  • Location: Ingalls Ave & Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula
  • Contact: Alma Huyett
  • Phone: 228-990-1456
  • Admission: Free
  • Accessibility:
    • Fully Accessible

86th Annual Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade

February 7

Parade starts at the corner of Davis Avenue and Second Street, proceeds to Scenic Drive turns west to Henderson Avenue, North to St. Louis, east to Church Street, south to Second Street, east on Second to Davis Avenue. Some consider this parade to be the "Best" of Mardi Gras! Hosted by the St. Paul Carnival Association.

  • Date(s): 02/07/2016 - 02/07/2016
  • Times: Parade begins at Noon
  • Location: Highway 90, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Anne James
  • Phone: 228-234-2022
  • Admission: Spectators Free

8th Annual Krewe of Little Rascals Children Mardi Gras Parade

February 7

Children's parade with decorated "floats" including bikes, wagons, shopping carts, skates, and scooters. Contest with trophies for best costume and best float.

  • Date(s): 02/07/2016 - 02/07/2016
  • Times: Registration Noon, Parade 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Plaza - Downtown Pascagoula
  • Contact: Rebecca Davis - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-219-1114
  • Admission: Free

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Coronation Ball

February 8

This event pays tribute to historical and literary themes yearly with different tableaus and masked royalty steeped in the kind of ceremonial drama worthy of a classical epic. While the colors, the decorations, and the costumed characters vary significantly from year to year, the selection and composition of the royal court does not. Witness the Coronation of King d'lberville and Queen lxolib, sovereign rulers of the Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Day. 

  • Date(s): 02/08/2016 - 02/08/2016
  • Times: 8pm-1am
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Nancy Rogers
  • Phone: 228-432-8806
  • Admission: Spectators Free - Viewing Only Allowed

46th Annual Krewe Of Gemini Mardi Gras NIGHT Parade

February 9

See all of the wonderful sights of Mardi Gras during this unique night parade - complete with colorful costumes, floats, and other interesting Mardi Gras themed items!  Over 60 floats participate - meaning Fun for the whole family!

  • Date(s): 02/09/2016 - 02/09/2016
  • Times: 5:30pm
  • Location: Downtown Gulfport
  • Contact: Cecile Scialdone - Krewe President
  • Phone: 228-860-2578
  • Admission: Spectators Free

9th Annual Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras Parade

February 9

The Krewe of Diamonds parades through downtown Bay St. Louis. It's the Gulf Coast only predominantly African-American Krewe and this parade is one of the Bay’s BEST- attended by locals & visitors alike! This parade originally was the Krewe of Real People! Parade route is down Main Street, turns on to 2nd Street on to Union Street continuing to Blaize Avenue in front of the Historic Depot.

  • Date(s): 02/09/2016 - 02/09/2016
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Bay St. Louis
  • Contact: Tequila Hall or Corinn Burton - Event Coordinators
  • Phone: (228) 342-0883 or (228) 671-1471
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

February 9

Spend the day with family and friends during the oldest parade on the MS Gulf Coast in downtown Biloxi. Pre-parade activities are held at the Biloxi City Hall. Mardi Gras beads, stuffed animals, cups, doubloons, and plenty of other trinkets are thrown from over 100 beautifully decorated floats along the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras parade route.

  • Date(s): 02/09/2016 - 02/09/2016
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact: Nancy Rogers, Executive Director
  • Phone: 228-432-8806
  • Admission: Free