Lighting the town green in the City of Biloxi
As more people get vaccinated, more public events and Coast traditions are slowly and safely coming back to life.
They won’t be painting the town green like they have in the past, but on Thursday, they’ll be lighting it green, literally, at the Biloxi Lighthouse. There’s an open invitation as they flip the switch Thursday at 5:30 p.m., bringing a Coast tradition back to life. Chair of Turning the Lighthouse Green Lisa Fagan said, “We can do it safely if we are outside and go along with the guidelines. There’s plenty of room out here for us to be out here for the lighting and still maintain a safe distance and still enjoy the festivities.”
It won’t end with the lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse on Thursday. There are other events everybody is invited to participate in throughout the month of March. “We’re not having our parade this month. We’re just trying to stretch the festivities to last all month long. On March 13th, which is a Saturday, we have the 5K run. That will be at 9 a.m. and they will meet at Biloxi City Hall. On Tuesday, March 23rd, Mayor FoFo Gilich will be declaring March the Irish Month for the Gulf Coast.”
While the Hibernia Marching Society’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will not be held this month in Biloxi, the downtown area is sure to attract plenty of people this weekend with the Biloxi Main Street Association’s First Friday just around the corner. Biloxi Main Street Association Board President Corey Christy said, “Like the name says it’s every first Friday. We do take off January and February, so this will be the first one in a little while. This week we’re lucky to have it paired up with the Block Party on the District Green. That’s here behind me.”
Fresh air, live music from noon until 9:30 p.m., vendors and food. “The point of these events is to support local business. We’re growing so fast down here. It’s a great time to come out and see what we have going on. While you are out here, we do still encourage you to follow safety protocol. Be as safe as you’re comfortable with. If you want to wear a mask, please do, but we have plenty of outdoor seating, and you’re welcome to order from our vendors and local businesses and to be outside and be safe.”