Music from the Jazz band Blackwater Brass filled the Biloxi Visitors Center as locals began the Annual Biloxi Twelfth Night celebration. The Twelfth Night marks the end of Christmas and the beginning of Carnival.
Leaving the visitors center with song and cheer, many dressed in green, purple and gold, marched to the Biloxi Lighthouse to turn off the light signaling the change in season. After a brief count down from ten to one, Christmas had officially ended.
Celebrants wasted no time mounting floats to relocate the celebration. The parade krews left the lighthouse and rolled to the Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum where the festivities continued.
“It’s Wonderful, I feel Twelfth Night, which is the twelfth day after Christmas, down here, it’s something different,” Said local resident Matthew Comstock,
“Christmas always kind of lingers a little bit and no one really knows when Christmas is over, so on Twelfth Night we officially say Christmas is over and today starts carnival.”
The night came to life as bright lights lit the courtyard and great food was served, courtesy of local french restaurant Mary Mahoney’s Old French House. After another 10 count new lights were turned on and Mardi Gras was in full swing.
“were really excited about the Mardi Gras season, it’s a special time for us here on the coast to celebrate our culture and have good time, Laissez les bons temps rouler.” said David Harris.