Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade returns to Biloxi

Mardi Gras Day celebrations were taking place in Biloxi.

The Gulf Coast Carnival Association’s parade spread some mambo magic throughout downtown as paradegoers filled the city’s sidewalks.

The parade included marching bands, fire trucks, multiple police units, and around 100 floats. It was a highly anticipated day that the association’s officers waited two years for.

Between the nice weather and Mardi Gras finally coming back, Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich predicted around 80 to 90,000 people in attendance for the celebration. Tourist Robbin Johnson said, “It’s fantastic. It’s a lot of fun seeing my kids enjoy it. It’s a lot of energy right now. Everyone seems to be having a great time.”

Krewe of Athena rider Jennifer Walker said, “So much fun to see everybody’s faces. We’re looking for our kids to be able to throw them a specialty bead or stuffed animal. It’s so wonderful to see everybody in our community and Mardi Gras is back.”

GCCA is the oldest carnival association in South Mississippi. Their parade first rolled through Biloxi in 1908.

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