Live entertainment by local MS Gulf Coast artists, thrilling carnival rides and an international menu of tasty foods are just a sample of the three-day family festival sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Biloxi. Celebrating its unique combination of diverse cultures, the church's parishioners share their heritage each year in music, arts, entertainment and a variety of traditional dishes from their respective ethnic backgrounds.
Following this year's theme "Music Moves Us", the Festival is showcasing an impressive lineup of entertainment, performing an eclectic mix of musical genres including: jazz, country, Irish, Filipino, classical, pop, rock, blues and contemporary worship. The stage will also feature dance groups and a Junior Talent Show. The International Food Court offers a menu of taste sensations from around the world: Italian, Jamaican, Pilipino, South African, Greek, Vietnamese as well as American cuisine. In addition, seafood from the Gulf will be showcased in the Festival's "World Famous Gumbo", po-boys and crabcakes. Among the mouthwatering desserts offered will be the Biloxi-Croatian traditional pastry treat known as Pusharatas. Indoor and outdoor dining and takeout will also be available.
This event features carnival rides, delicious international food booths, snacks, drinks, the desert parlor, ice cream and the cake wheel. Children's games & activities including the Hamster Water Ball game, pony rides and the turtle races! Live entertainment all weekend long featuring singers, dancers, choirs & musicians.
Carnival rides are open throughout the Festival, and pay-one-price ($20) armbands are available on Friday from 5pm to 9pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. By popular demand, Human Hamster Balls and Turtle Races will also return. In addition to the impressive selection of rides for all ages, there will be a special area for children with bounce houses, crafts and facepainting. Other festival features will include: a silent auction, arts and crafts vendors, a book sale, rummage sale, plant booth, and a classic car show on Sunday. An added attraction this year is a "Christmas in May" Shoppe, where hundreds of gently loved Christmas decorations will be offered at bargain prices.
The highlight of the Festival is its finale - a $15,000.00 Drawdown Dinner. With the purchase of a $100 ticket, four people will be admitted to the dinner held in the Parish Hall on Sunday night. The 400 tickets sold will be drawn for an opportunity to win prizes, $1,000 cash or the Grand Prize of $10,000.00. Tickets may be purchased (while they last) by visiting the Festival Information Booth (located in front of the Parish Hall).