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The one-mile stretch on Howard Ave between Porter Ave and Main Street has seen unprecedented growth over the last few years. Everything from axe throwing a world-class blues bar to vegan food and swank short-term rentals has popped up on Biloxi’s main drag.

How did Mardi Gras came to the Mississippi Gulf Coast? While New Orleans and Mobile seem to garner more attention than our Mississippi Gulf Coast Carnival season, it deserves its rightful place of distinction.

For the first time, professional mermaids worldwide will meet in Switzerland in May for the inaugural Merlympics. Pine Belt native Emily Shaw will be there representing Mississippi. The competition will test the mermaids’ aerobics and strength underwater. 

Nestled in the storied hills of Oxford, Mississippi, sits one of Mississippi’s most intriguing homes, Rowan Oak. The antebellum-style home was built in 1844 by Irish immigrant Colonel Robert Sheegog and is most popularly known as the longtime residence of Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner.

The Mardi Gras season is a time of nonstop partying and celebrating. The Annual 12th Night Celebration at Biloxi City Hall has been rescheduled to Jan. 10 due to inclement weather. Join The celebration as the Carnival lights is turned on, signaling the start of the Mardi Gras season. The festivities will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is basically the kickoff to a slew of krewes that will be rolling along the Coast.