Purple Heart parade, dedication is Saturday
While Mardi Gras parades roll in Diamondhead and Orange Grove on Saturday, a parade of a different sort will be taking place in Biloxi: a parade through downtown Biloxi ending at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor for the dedication of the Military Order of the Purple Heart monument.
The noon parade will feature dozens of marching groups, military vehicles and plenty of generals and dignitaries, including Robert N. Lichtenberger, national commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Motorists will find a brief detour on U.S. 90 between Reynoir and Main streets around 12:15 p.m., as the parade crosses U.S. 90. Parking for boatowners using the harbor boat ramps also will be limited Saturday.
For more on the parade and dedication ceremeony, click
City Council meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
The Biloxi City Council will face an agenda of 16 issues when it meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Among the matters on the agenda: introduction of zoning for new areas of the city along old Highway 67, re-zoning of property on west beach, and approval of the demolition of four structures in east Biloxi, as part of the city’s east Biloxi affordable housing initiative.
Mayor A.J. Holloway will begin the meeting by recognizing students involved in the Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float Contest, where students create models of carnival floats. The efforts, in fact, are now on display in the City Hall lobby.
To see the complete agenda and available resolutions, click
Weekend of magic, music and Mardi Gras
David Copperfied, the Boston Brass and Air Supply are in town this weekend, and you’ll find those two Mardi Gras parades in neighboring cities Saturday. For more on the weekend entertainment lineup, click
To see the entire parade lineup in Mardi Gras Central, click
Visitors Center, chambers now sporting new map
The Biloxi Visitors Center and the city’s two chambers of commerce have upgraded the city’s existing street map and added color photographs and handy information for visitors as well as local residents.
To see an online version of the new City of Biloxi Street Map and Insiders Guide, click
News and notes
State of the City: Seats are beginning to fill up for the State of the City address, which Mayor A.J. Holloway will be deliver at a Jan. 31 luncheon sponsored by the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce. For info on reservations, contact Susan Hunt at the Biloxi Bay Chamber, 435-6149.
New fire stations: Architect Mark Williams and contactors of the city’s new fire stations in east Biloxi and Woolmarket are expected to be turning over the facilities to the city in the next several weeks. Williams and contractors performed a walk-through inspection of the stations this week, with Fire Chief David Roberts on hand. You can see the tour for yourself and hear about the new stations today on WLOX-TV’s 5 p.m. newscast.
New webcast: Hear a recap of current issues facing the city in this week’s “City Desk” webcast. To listen, click