Annual Biloxi Twelfth Night

1050 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530
(228) 435-6280 or (228) 374-3105
  • Recurrence: Recurring every January 5th
  • Time: 5pm
  • Price: Free

The Gulf Coast will officially change from the holiday season to Carnival season 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 around 5pm with the reigning Royal Court of Gulf Coast Carnival Association being presented to extinguish the Christmas lights at the Biloxi Lighthouse. At 6pm, the entourage will board a float and parade to the Biloxi City Hall where, at 6:30pm, the Mardi Gras lights at City Hall will be illuminated, signaling the beginning of Carnival season.