Monday, April 21, 2014

Gulf Coast Mardi Gras, 2014

Mardi Gras is one of our favorite times of the year in the gulf south. For families, the coast is a particularly nice place to be, as most parades are family-friendly events for all ages. Here’s a list of parades for Mardi Gras 2014. Mark your calendar now so you won’t miss your favorite!

February 16

Lizana Mardi Gras Parade

Family-oriented parade with 30 floats. Begins at Lizana Elementary School at 1 p.m., rolls down Cable Bridge Road, goes north on Moran and finishes where it started.

February 22

Carnival Association of Long Beach Parade

Family-friendly parade in downtown Long Beach. This night parade begins at 6 p.m.

February 23

Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Parade

Look for the best throw of the parade: a Nereids poster! Begins at Drinkwater & Hwy. 90 in Bay St. Louis, ends at Auderer St. in Waveland. Begins at 1 p.m.

February 28

Ocean Spring Carnival Association Parade

Parade through downtown Ocean Springs. Night parade that begins at 7 p.m.

March 1

Krewe of Gemini Day Parade

Parade starts at 19th St. in downtown Gulfport and goes towards Hwy. 49 and throughout downtown Gulfport. Parade starts at 2 p.m.

March 2

North Bay Association Mardi Gras Parade

70-unit parade. Begins on LeMoyne Blvd. in D’Iberville and rolls to Central Avenue. Begins at 1:30 p.m.

Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade

This one can get rowdy and sometimes inappropriate on Hwy. 90, so consider bringing children to other part of the route. A HUGE parade with tons of throws, it begins at 12:30. Starts at corner of Davis and Second in Pass Christian, goes to Scenic Dr., then west on

Henderson, north to St. Louis, east to Church St., south to Second St., and then (whew!) east on Second to Davis.

March 4

Krewe of Gemini Night Parade

60 floats in a night parade through downtown Gulfport. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Krewe of Diamonds

Parades through downtown Bay St. Louis beginning at 1 p.m. Formerly called the “Krewe of Real People.”

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras Parade

104-year-old parade, this is the Gulf Coast’s largest. Parades through downtown Biloxi beginning at 1 p.m.

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