12th Night celebration welcomes Mardi Gras season

12th Night celebration welcomes Mardi Gras season

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi celebrates 3rd Annual 12th Night celebration--the official kick off to Mardi Gras season. This year's celebration of 12th Night starts at the Biloxi Visitors Center at 5 tonight with a reception.

At 5:30 p.m. the reigning King and Queen of Gulf Coast Carnival, along with some court members, will arrive on a float. Then everyone will head over to the Biloxi Lighthouse to turn off the lights at 6 p.m.

"The Biloxi Visitors Center is where we began the holiday season, with the lighting of the decorations at the Biloxi Lighthouse," said Visitors Center Manager Bill Raymond, "and this will be where we also will end the holiday season as we usher in the Carnival season."

Once the lights are off, the group will take Highway 90 and parade down to the Mardi Gras museum next to Mary Mahoney's on Rue Magnolia.

There they will turn on the purple, green and gold lights at 6:30 p.m. to signify the beginning of the Mardi Gras season.

Refreshments will be served. This celebration is open to the public.

Reporter Jonathan Brannan is covering this event. Watch his full story later on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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