Biloxi businesses gearing up for Mardi Gras Day

Tomorrow people will be flocking to the streets of Downtown Biloxi for Fat Tuesday celebrations.

Businesses are still recovering from a busy weekend, but are eager to finish off what has been a successful carnival season so far.

Last Saturday, the good times weren’t only rolling for paradegoers, but for local businesses in the area as well. Fly Llama Brewing Head Brewer Myles Harris said, “Basically three hours before the parade until right before the parade, we were slammed in here. It’s just been picking up so much, probably double easily in the last week.”

Makin’ Groceries Owner Lauren Turner Christy said, “It was really great. It got a little hairy at some point in the evening. We just got our beer license so that went over really well. We probably sold around 12 cases of beer.”

Both businesses will experience their first ever Mardi Gras Day celebrations in Downtown Biloxi. The two new businesses join others that have decided to make the city their home since the city last celebrated Mardi Gras in 2020. “Downtown Biloxi is booming. It’s happening in the last six months. We’ve had a handful of new restaurants open in the downtown district. We’re obviously super glad that they’re all here. I think we’re just taking the time to prepare what sells, what does not sell, how to make things better for our guests.”

Following Saturday’s success during the Krewe of Neptune parade, businesses are gearing up for another big celebration for GCCA’s annual Mardi Gras Day Parade. Fillin’ Station server Brooke Clinton said, “We’ll have a few more drink specials out on the cart. We’ll have another bar outside so it will be easier access. The servers have to be here at 6 a.m. and we have to prepare. We open at 9 a.m. then we’ll be open until 11 or until everybody leaves.”

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