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Ocean Springs Carnival Association Inaugural Masquerade Ball

January 31

The Ocean Springs Carnival Association will be hosting an Inaugural Masquerade Ball featuring ISIS. Mask is required to enter. BYOB.

  • Date(s): 01/31/2015 - 01/31/2015
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Ocean Springs Civic Center, 3730 Bienville Blvd.
  • Contact: Heather
  • Phone: 355-0146
  • Admission: $25

12th Annual Lizana Mardi Gras Parade

February 1

Join us for the "funniest" parade in town - started with just 15 floats and now offers over 30 floats full of fun, goodies, & throws! This parade is a family oriented parade! Route: Parade begins @ Lizana Elementary School at 15341 Lizana School Road, continues to Cable Bridge Road, North to Moran Road and finishes back at the school.

  • Date(s): 02/01/2015 - 02/01/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: See Parade Route Above
  • Contact: Floyd Babin - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: (228) 234-7992 or (228) 831-8730
  • Admission: Spectators Free

15th Annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade

February 7

The Biloxi Children's Mardi Gras Walking Parade will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:00 am. Sign in and late registration begins at 9:00 am. Sponsored by the Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum, City of Biloxi, and the Gulf Coast Carnival Association. Participants may walk, bike, skate, or be pushed/pulled in strollers and wagons (No motorized vehicles will be allowed). The theme for the parade is Coastal State of Mind. Children and families are encouraged to be creative and dress in costume and decorate their bikes, wagon, etc. in celebration of the things and events which make the Coast a wonderful place to live, such as the lighthouse, fresh seafood, the sand beach, diverse ethnic cultures, etc.

Parade will begin at 10:00 a .m. under the I-110 overpass on Howard Avenue. It will continue east on Howard, to Reynoir Street and turn south ending at the Mardi Gras Museum, where there will be a celebration including an opportunity to meet and have pictures taken with the 2014 Gulf Coast Carnival Association Royal Court, a costume and float contest, refreshments, and Mardi Gras art activities.

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 10am
  • Location: Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum, 119 Rue Magnolia
  • Phone: 228-374-3105
  • Admission: Spectators & Participation Free

44th Annual Carnival Association of Long Beach Mardi Gras Parade

February  7

Family friendly local Mardi Gras parade featuring lots of floats, throws and FUN! Great family fun and a night parade. 

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 6pm
  • Location: Downtown Long Beach
  • Contact: Sandy Salvage
  • Phone: 228-234-1424
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Moss Point Mardi Gras Parade

February 7

Enjoy family fun for everyone with a Mardi Gras parade through downtown area! Sponsored by the Parade of Classes Association.

Interested in riding or participating in the boat parade that follows the regular parade krewe please call 228-475-7887. Why watch when you can be part of the action?

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 3pm
  • Location: Downtown Moss Point
  • Contact: Chadwick L. Smith
  • Phone: 228-475-7887
  • Admission: Free

48th Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Parade

February 8

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 FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY.

  • Date(s): 02/08/2015 - 02/08/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Highway 90, Waveland
  • Contact: Dianne Martin - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-216-9911
  • Admission: Spectators Free

7th Annual Ocean Springs Carnival Association Mardi Gras Night Parade

February 13

Parade begins Front Beach to Porter Avenue to Washington to Government ending at Holcomb. Hosted by the Ocean Springs Carnival Association.

  • Date(s): 02/13/2015 - 02/13/2015
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Ocean Springs - Parade Route Above
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Mardi Gras Assn or Ocean Springs Chamber
  • Phone: (228) 218-5667 or (228) 875-4424
  • Admission: Spectators Free

St. Paul's Carnival Association Mardi Gras Ball

February 13

Want to feel like royalty while on the MS Gulf Coast? Well join in the FUN with the presentation of 2015 royal court and beautiful tableau, and then afterwards, dance the night away! Set ups provided - BYOB! Ticket purchase required prior to ball.

Saint Paul's Carnival Association, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) established for charitable, religious and educational purposes, including for such, the making of distributions to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School and to charitable organizations along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

  • Date(s): 02/13/2015 - 02/13/2015
  • Times: Doors open @ 7pm, Tableau @ 8pm
  • Location: St. Vincent de Paul School, 4321 Espy Ave., Long Beach
  • Contact: Anne James
  • Phone: 228-234-2022
  • Admission: Call for tickets

45th Annual Krewe Of Gemini Mardi Gras DAY Parade

February 14

Parade route through downtown Gulfport! Parade starts at 19th Street and goes towards Highway 49, continues pass Hancock Bank & throughout downtown Gulfport.


  • Date(s): 02/14/2015 - 02/14/2015
  • Times: 2pm
  • Location: Downtown Gulfport
  • Contact: Cecile Scialdone - Krewe President
  • Phone: 228-860-2578
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Jackson County Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

February 14

Family Fun for everyone! Parade begins at Pascagoula & Ingall Avenue to Market Street, continues north to Jackson Avenue then south returning to start. Lots of throws and family oriented parade. RAIN DATE: Sunday the 15th at 2:00pm 

  • Date(s): 02/14/2015 - 02/14/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Pascagoula
  • Contact: Alma Huyett - Jackson County Carnival Association
  • Phone: 228-990-1456
  • Admission: Spectators Free

27th Annual North Bay Association Mardi Gras Parade

February 15

North Bay Carnival Association Mardi Gras parade features approximately 70-units and stretches from LeMoyne Boulevard in St. Martin all the way to Central Avenue in D'Iberville with parade goers waiting for all the "goodies" to catch thrown from all the floats.

  • Date(s): 02/15/2015 - 02/15/2015
  • Times: 1:30pm
  • Location: D'Iberville Area

85th Annual Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade

February 15

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): 02/15/2015 - 02/15/2015
  • Times: Parade begins at Noon
  • Location: Highway 90, Pass Christian
  • Contact: Anne James
  • Phone: 228-234-2022
  • Admission: Spectators Free

45th Annual Krewe Of Gemini Mardi Gras NIGHT Parade

February 17

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): 02/17/2015 - 02/17/2015
  • Times: 5:30pm
  • Location: Downtown Gulfport
  • Contact: Cecile Scialdone - Krewe President
  • Phone: 228-860-2578
  • Admission: Spectators Free

8th Annual Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras Parade

February 17

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): 02/17/2015 - 02/17/2015
  • 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 17

This MUST DO EVENT is a 107 year old tradition, family oriented Mardi Gras Parade 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): 02/17/2015 - 02/17/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact: Nancy Rogers, Executive Director
  • Phone: 228-432-8806
  • Admission: Free

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"Carnival on the Coast" Mardi Gras - Mississippi Gulf Coast Style

"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 2160!

  • Date(s): 01/01/2015 - 02/17/2015
  • Location: Throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast

12th Annual Lizana Mardi Gras Celebration

January 31

Bring your Mardi Gras spirit, appetite and dancing shoes for an afternoon of fun, food and free entertainment for kids of all ages. No open bar, BYOB.

  • Date(s): 01/31/2015 - 01/31/2015
  • Times: Doors open at 4:30pm
  • Location: Hurrican Shelter on County Farm Road, Gulfport
  • Contact: Floyd Babin or Aundrea Babin Ladner
  • Phone: 228-234-7992 or (228) 234-7992
  • Admission: Free!

25th Annual Orange Grove Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

January 31

The parade stages and originates at the Goldin Sports Complex off Prudie Circle. It starts at the sports complex's North entrance, turning left and headed West on Prudie Cir. It turns left, heading South, on Three Rivers Road. It turns right, heading West, on Dedeaux Road and continues to the intersection of U. S. Highway 49 where in ends. All float and parade traffic will exit north bound on Hwy 49 only. No throwing of parade items will occur on HWY 49 (at all) this year. Floats needing to head South will be allowed the make a "U" turn at a traffic light controlled intersection such as St. Charles Street or O'neal Road.

  • Date(s): 01/31/2015 - 01/31/2015
  • Times: 2pm
  • Location: Orange Grove Community, Gulfport - See Route Above!
  • Contact: Edwin Wright - Parade Captain
  • Phone: 228-324-9537

40th Annual Ocean Springs – Elks Mardi Gras Parade

January 31

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): 01/31/2015 - 01/31/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Historic Downtown Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Ocean Springs Elks Lodge
  • Phone: 228-872-2501
  • Admission: Spectators Free

7th Annual Krewe Of Legacy Mardi Gras Parade

January 31

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): 01/31/2015 - 01/31/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Pass Christian Area – See Above
  • Contact: Jeffery Cuevas
  • Phone: 228-216-2097 or 228-234-9454
  • Admission: Spectators Free

7th Annual Krewe of Little Rascals Children Mardi Gras Parade

January 31 (Rain date-February 7)

Children parade with bikes, wagons, shopping carts, walking, skate, or just about anything NON-motorized around the park. Awards given for the best costume and float contest! Route will begin at Pascagoula library down to Delmas Avenue and will end in front of Anchor Square. Sponsored by City of Pascagoula.

  • Date(s): 01/31/2015 - 01/31/2015
  • Times: Registration Noon, Parade 1pm
  • Location: Downtown Plaza - Downtown Pascagoula
  • Contact: Rebecca Davis - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-938-6604
  • Admission: Free

Carnival Association of Long Beach Mardi Gras Ball

February 6  

You're invited to join in the FUN with the presentation of 2015 royal court and beautiful tableau, and then afterwards, dance the night away! Sponsored by Carnival Association of Long Beach.

  • Date(s): 02/06/2015 - 02/06/2015
  • Times: Doors open @ 7pm, Tableau @ 8pm
  • Location: West Harrison Civic Center, 4670 Espey Ave, Long Beach
  • Contact: Mike Gundlach
  • Phone: 228-697-8088
  • Admission: Call for tickets

25th Annual Mystic Krewe of Pine Island Mardi Gras Parade

February 7

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

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 1:30pm
  • Location: Johns' Bayou Road, Vancleave
  • Contact: J.R. (Rich) Wilson - Event Coordinator
  • Phone: 228-990-0270
  • Admission: Spectators Free

26th Annual Gautier Men's Club Mardi Gras Parade

February 7

Family Fun For ALL! This night parade begins at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Jackson County Campus on Highway 90 proceeds to Singing River Mall then ending back at college.

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Highway 90, Gautier

31st Annual Bay St. Louis Krewe of Kids Mardi Gras Parade

February 7

Children parade with bikes, wagons, shopping carts, walking, or just about anything NON-motorized down Dunbar Avenue to Highway 90 & back.

 

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 11am
  • Location: Bay St. Louis - See Parade Route Above!
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Krewe of Neptune Ball

February 7

Join the Krewe of Neptune for Mardi Gras Biggest and Best Party on the Coast! Dress is strictly formal. Beer and Wine provided. BYOB allowed.

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 6pm doors open, 7pm event starts
  • Location: Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Avenue, Biloxi
  • Contact: Captain - Krewe of Neptune
  • Phone: 228-669-4917
  • Admission: See web site for details

Mardi Gras Celebration @ Lynn Meadows

February 7

Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy Mardi Gras themed music, King cake walk, art activities, karaoke, face painting along with a children's parade. Bring your own decorated bike, trike or wagon for the parade. 

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 10am-12pm
  • Location: Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Avenue, Gulfport
  • Contact: Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
  • Phone: 228-897-6039
  • Admission: Included with Museum Admission

Mardi Paws

February 7 (Cancelled)

Laissez les bon temps rouler - Woof! The dogs are out and you do not wan't to miss them as they parade down Pass Christian main streets in their mardi gras attire! Witness the crowning of the Best Dressed Mardi Paws King and Queen. Parade starts at Town Pavilion and proceeds down Davis Avenue.

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 3pm
  • Location: Pass Christian
  • Contact: Jennifer
  • Phone: 228-452-3315
  • Admission: Free

Second Liners Mardi Gras Club Parade

February 7

This parade includes floats and bands galore. Starting at Nichols Drive and Division Street, this family friendly event culminates with free food and entertainment for all in Busch Park on Esters Blvd. The throws and goodies will be plentiful and the fun immeasurable. See you on the route!

  • Date(s): 02/07/2015 - 02/07/2015
  • Times: 1pm
  • Location: Parade starts @ Nichols Elementary, 590 Division Street, Biloxi
  • Contact: Anthony Mitchell or Jackie Elly
  • Phone: (228) 324-5194 or (228) 623-3511
  • Admission: Free

Krewe of Neptune Mardi Gras Parade

February 14
 
Join the Krewe of Neptune for Mardi Gras biggest party featuring large Double Decker floats from New Orleans, Marching Bands, and other marching clubs parading through beautiful and historic downtown Biloxi. Click here for parade route. 

  • Date(s): 02/14/2015 - 02/14/2015
  • Times: Parade starts at 5:30pm
  • Location: Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact: kbeverin@kreweofneptune.org
  • Phone: 228-669-4917
  • Admission: Spectators Free

Official Neptune Carnival After Party

February 14

Enjoy the Official Neptune Carnival After Party with live performances by Cowboy Mouth, Departure, Journey Tribute Band and DJ Jezereck. For over two decades, Cowboy Mouth has dished up its unique style of rock & roll gumbo, mixing a rowdy spirit reflective of the band's hometown -- New Orleans -- with the fierce firepower of a group that lives on the road. These Louisiana natives have played more than 2,500 concerts and launched their signature song, "Jenny Says," into the upper half of the Billboard rock charts. Above all else, they earned a well-deserved rep as a raucous, redemptive, live music experience. (For all ages.)

  • Date(s): 02/14/2015 - 02/14/2015
  • Times: 3pm
  • Location: Kress Live, 814 Howard Avenue, Downtown Biloxi
  • Contact: Fred Salinas
  • Phone: 228-249-3060
  • Admission: $30-$50

2nd Annual The Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse Lundi Gras Parade

February 16

Lundi Gras parade in Bay St. Louis.

  • Date(s): 02/16/2015 - 02/16/2015
  • Times: 6pm
  • Location: Bay St. Louis Community Center
  • Contact: Robin Rafferty
  • Phone: 228-547-4873

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Coronation Ball

February 16

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 Mardi Gras. View the regalia of King, Queen, Pages, Maids, Dukes and flag bearers representing the theme "Coastal, A State of Mind". Don't miss the presentation.

  • Date(s): 02/16/2015 - 02/16/2015
  • Times: 8pm-1am
  • Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Nancy Rogers
  • Phone: 228-432-8806
  • Admission: Spectators Free - Viewing Only Allowed

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