Biloxi hotel transformed into Mardi Gras history museum

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Fat Tuesday is coming up March 4 and the Gulf Coast Carnival Association is ready to hit the streets of Biloxi for the Krewe's annual parade.

You can get a glimpse at the history of Mardi Gras at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Biloxi's Rue Magnolia district. Biloxi Historical Administrator Bill Raymond says the structure is a perfect place to showcase history.

"This is the last surviving antebellum hotel along the Gulf Coast. It dates back to 1847," said Raymond.

Today the color and pageantry of Mardi Gras calls the building home. Raymond and his staff have transformed the Magnolia Hotel into a Mardi Gras museum featuring costumes, photos and other memorabilia from the Gulf Coast Carnival Association.

"It's everything from throws, to doubloons and beads from over the years. One thing we'll have is a full sized float next to the museum so people can get in it and feel what it's like to ride in a parade."

Tourists from around the country have heard of Mardi Gras. The museum allows them experience the carnival.

Biloxi is designing exhibits and hoping to complete the museum in the next few months.

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