Gulf Coast Carnival Association, the monarch of Coast parading organizations, traces its roots to 1908 with a Biloxi parade of 17 floats, 150 flambeau carriers, the Biloxi mayor and council and a new 12-piece Daily Herald Band.
Today, GCCA claims members from across the Coast, and its yearly choice for King d'Iberville and Queen Ixolib (Biloxi spelled backward) reflect that. Their names remain secret until the Sunday before Fat Tuesday, when the Sun Herald makes the official announcement. (Or get an early peak at the king and queen on the Sun Herald website, sunherald.com, the Saturday night before Fat Tuesday.)
The parade traditionally rolls on Mardi Gras Day, and many Coast clubs, organizations and bands enter floats or marching groups.
The procession of at least 120 units, including floats, bands and the Ole Biloxi Marching Club, rolls at 1 p.m. March 4. Aluminium GCCA doubloons and big beads are among the most popular throws.
Details: Nancy Rogers, 432-8806; gulfcoastcarnivalassociation.com