The Gulf Coast will officially change from the holiday season to Carnival season with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning at the Biloxi Visitors Center and parading to the Biloxi City Hall. The occasion also serves as a reminder of the religious significance of Carnival, often lost on the tens of thousands of revelers at Mardi Gras parades. Twelfth Night, the 12th day from Christmas, is the night before the Epiphany, the day when the three wise men visited the infant Jesus, foretelling the revelation of God the Son being born as a human.
The Twelfth Night gathering will begin Saturday at the Visitors Center. At 5pm the reigning Royal Court of Gulf Coast Carnival Association will be presented to extinguish the Christmas lights at the Biloxi Lighthouse. The entourage will then board a float and parade to the Biloxi City Hall at 6:30 p.m., where festivities will resume in green space.
2019 Mardi Gras Parades Schedule & Routes: