Twelfth Night Celebrations kick off Mardi Gras season in Biloxi

Carnival royalty and citizens gathered for an annual tradition in Biloxi.

The city held its Twelfth Night Celebration. Twelfth Night is the traditional festival on the night before epiphany, the official start of the Mardi Gras season.

Crowds rallied at the Biloxi Visitors Center to watch as the Christmas lights surrounding the Biloxi Lighthouse were turned off, signifying the end of the Christmas season.

After, they paraded down to City Hall to watch it become illuminated in purple, green, and gold, signifying the beginning of the Carnival season.

Mardi Gras has been celebrated on the Mississippi Coast for 115 years now so, as you can imagine, a lot of people were eager to let the good times roll again on the Coast. Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich said, “It’s a very special place and festival for us between the events that will happen between now and Mardi Gras in February.”

David Harris with Gulf Coast Carnival Association said, “It’s always a great night for us here at Twelfth Night, we turn off the lights at the lighthouse and we turn them on for Mardi Gras. We have a good time.”

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Captain Keith Wade said, “It’s time to let everybody have a good time and pray for good weather on Mardi Gras Day.”

Following the illumination of City Hall, revelers were given King Cake and gumbo to enjoy. Now that carnival season is here, be sure to mark your calendar with your favorite parades. You can find a complete list of Gulf Coast parades by clicking here. 

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