City of Biloxi Twelfth Night Celebration takes place Wednesday

The City of Biloxi’s Twelfth Night Celebration is back.

The annual event kicks off Mardi Gras in the city, toasting to their 113th carnival season. The celebration starts at 5 Wednesday night where crowds will be gathering at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

The royal courts of 2020 will turn off the Christmas lights at the Biloxi Lighthouse before parading down to City Hall where they’ll flip the switch to light the Mardi Gras lights, ushering in the carnival season.

The event is free to the public and will include the sweet seasonal favorite, king cake. Coastal Mississippi Mardi Gras Museum Executive Director Anna Harris said, “Mardi Gras goes back in this community very far. It is important in our social relationships and I think it means a lot in our community. It’ll be a great time to get back to some of the things we’ve been missing these past two years.”

The Mardi Gras season always follows the Lenten calendar, with Fat Tuesday being the day before Ash Wednesday, which means this year Mardi Gras falls on March 1st.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the season and its coastal roots, visit the Coastal Mississippi Mardi Gras Museum on Howard Avenue in Biloxi. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4.

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