Biloxi hosts its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration this weekend, with a Coastwide observance Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Coast Coliseum, and the big parade, Battle of the Bands and Yankie Stadium program Monday..
Nelson Rivers, national field director for the NAACP, will speak at the Convention Center program, which is free and open to the public.
The dowtown parade, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Biloxi Community Center, will feature Mississippi Valley State University’s marching band, along with a half-dozen local and out-of-state high school marching bands, including the Biloxi High band.
Most are scheduled to participate in the Battle of the Bands ceremony at Yankie Stadium, which begins around 1 p.m., after the parade arrives at the Lee Street facility. A carnival, with a Ferris wheel and other attractions, is operating now through Monday in the stadium’s Division Street parking lot.
Radio personality and community leader Rip Daniels is the speaker at this year’s Yankie Stadium program, where Mayor A.J. Holloway also will participate.
O.S. parade kicks off Mardi Gras this weekend
The Ocean Springs Elks Lodge kicks off the annual Coast Mardi Gras parade lineup when its downtown Ocean Springs procession rolls Saturday.
To get the latest on Mardi Gras plans Coastwide, visit the city’s Mardi Gras Central by .
To see the complete lineup of entertainment on the Coast, courtesy of listings from Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitor Bureau,
City Council meets twice Tuesday afternoon
The Biloxi City Council will face an agenda of 11 resolutions, including first reading of proposed zoning for new areas of the city, when it meets Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at City Hall. And then after the 1:30 p.m.. meeting, council members will hear a presentation on the FY ’03 audit.
During 1:30 p.m. meeting, a measure to approve a 32-lot residential subdivision off Brashier Road, The Savannahs, is also on the agenda.
To see the complete agenda and available resolutions,
Holloway on the issues
Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway guests on this week’s “City Desk” program. Among the topics discussed: city finances and the rumored diversion of gaming dollars, and affordable housing. The 26-minute program was taped Thursday morning. To listen to it,
News and notes
Barry ball: Biloxi’s two best-known major leaguers, Doug Thompson and Barry Lyons, will host dozens of young baseball players in the “Weekend with the Pros” Saturday and Sunday at the Biloxi Sports Complex. Details: (228) 388-8464 or (228) 868-0021.
Traffic update: To see the latest on how road work is impacting traffic on city streets, click