The official Mardi Gras celebration as it is performed in United States first gained initial popularity in Biloxi. The French founders commemorated their European lent holiday on the Mississippi and Biloxi was the first host for Mardi Gras in the United States.
Over the years, many US cities including Las Vegas and New Orleans have joined in the celebration. It traditionally begins on January 6th and ends after week preceding the 40 days of lent. The elaborate costumes, masks, and dancers against polytechnic background is a testament to the skill of Biloxi performing artists.
Performing arts fans will find that theater and drama are prominent in Biloxi. The community run "Little Theater" and Center Stage Live entertain audiences with original and highly acclaimed scripts. Recently, the Saenger Theater has been restored and houses the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra plays a varied repertoire of Classical and pops music during its season.
Additionally, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum is an ultimate stadium made for thousands of spectators. Watch rock, pop, hip-hop, and r&b stars perform throughout the year. The adjacent convention center showcases touring and organization events such as antique and car shows. Call or browse
online for an updated schedule and ticket prices.