One of the best ways to celebrate Mardi Gras is a parade. And parade we will on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Every community down here knows how to party and they’re all sending invitations your way. The parades on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are family friendly and are always a great time. Now, all you have to do is know where to go, when to go, and what to bring. But first, you really need to get familiar with the terminology. Here’s a handy glossary that may help you get started:

  • Duke (n) - One of the male members of the royal court at Mardi Gras events.
  • Float (n) - A decorated party on wheels that rolls in a Mardi Gras Parade.
  • Grand Marshal (n) - A guest of honor of a Krewe or Carnival Assocation. The Grand Marshal generally rides in his or her own float in a parade.
  • King (n) - Mardi Gras royalty who is generally selected from the Krewe. Some parades feature the King on his own float.
  • Krewe (n) - A Mardi Gras organization that hosts parties, balls, and sometimes their own parades. If a krewe isn’t hosting its own parade, it will generally roll in other parades.
  • “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” (phrase) - A great way to get everybody pumped up at the parade. It means “Let the Good Times Roll” in French.
  • Maid (n) - One of the female members of the royal court at Mardi Gras events.
  • Queen (n) - Mardi Gras royalty who is generally selected from the Krewe. Some parades feature the Queen on her own float.
  • Throw (n) - Anything that can be tossed off of a float. This could be beads, which is the most popular item, or it could be plastic cups, miniature footballs, doubloons, moonpies, even something as wacky as a loaf of bread. Get ready to catch, and bring a bag to haul it away in.
  • “Throw Me Somethin’ Mister” (phrase) - This phrase is used to get the float riders attention so that they can toss one (or many) of the throws your way.

 

We’ve got a full schedule of Mardi Gras parades for weeks leading up to the big day that you won’t want to miss. Browse our list below and check out the maps of each route so that you can get positioned to catch as many throws as you can.

 

FEB 23

CHILDREN’S WALKING PARADE
BILOXI
10AM

CHILDRENS WALKING

 

KREWE OF LITTLE RASCALS PARADE
PASCAGOULA
1PM

LITTLE RASCALS

 

MYSTIC KREWE OF PINE ISLAND PARADE
VANCLEAVE
1:30PM

PINE ISLAND

 

CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION OF LONG BEACH PARADE
LONG BEACH
6PM

LONG BEACH CARNIVAL

 

GAUTIER MEN’S CLUB PARADE
GAUTIER
7PM

GAUTIER MENS

 

FEB 24


KREWE OF NEREIDS PARADE
WAVELAND
12PM

NEREIDS

 

KREWE OF BARKLOXI PARADE
BILOXI TOWN GREEN
1PM

BARKLOXI

 

MARCH 1


DIAMONDHEAD PARADE
DIAMONDHEAD
12PM

DIAMONDHEAD

 

JACKSON COUNTY CARNIVAL ASSOCATION PARADE
PASCAGOULA
1PM

PASCAGOULA

 

GEMINI PARADE
GULFPORT
2PM

GEMINI

 

KREWE OF NEPTUNE PARADE
BILOXI
5:30PM

NEPTUNE

 

KREWE OF SALACIA PARADE
BILOXI
6:30PM

NEPTUNE

 

MARCH 3


ST. PAUL CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION
PASS CHRISTIAN
12:30PM

ST PAUL

 

D'IBERVILLE ST. MARTIN NORTH BAY
D'IBERVILLE
1:30PM

DIBERVILLE

 

MARCH 4


MYSTIC KREWE OF THE SEAHORSE
BAY ST LOUIS
5PM

SEAHORSE

 

MARCH 5 (FAT TUESDAY)


KREWE OF REAL PEOPLE THE NEXT GENERATION PARADE
BAY ST LOUIS
1PM

REAL PEOPLE

 

GULF COAST CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION PARADE
BILOXI
1PM

GCCA

 

KREWE OF GEMINI NIGHT PARADE
GULFPORT
5:30PM

GEMINI


PAST PARADES


FEB 16


ELKS MARDI GRAS PARADE
OCEAN SPRINGS
1PM

UNIQUE

 

KREWE UNIQUE PARADE
OCEAN SPRINGS
BATTLE OF THE BANDS BEGINS AT NOON
PARADE BEGINS AT 2PM

UNIQUE

 

PASS CHRISTIAN KIDS CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION PARADE
PASS CHRISTIAN
1PM

PC KIDS CARNIVAL

 

SECOND LINERS MARDI GRAS CLUB PARADE
BILOXI
1PM

SECOND LINERS

 

FEB 17


LIZANA MARDI GRAS PARADE
LIZANA
1PM

LIZANA