This weekend will be big for those who love Carnival season, with seven parades on Saturday and one on Sunday in South Mississippi.
But before then, other Coast events will take the spotlight.
On Wednesday, the third annual Cocktail Classic will begin at 6 p.m. at Island View Casino Resort. The event raises money for the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce's Small Business grant program and scholarships for graduating seniors. Details: 604-0014
On Thursday, the sixth annual Taste of Jackson County will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Magnolia Ballroom and Suites in Pascagoula. Seventeen restaurants will be featured with a variety of food and beverages. Cost: $35. Details: 762-3391.
On Friday, the Biloxi Boat and RV Show opens at noon for a three-day run at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. Check out a selection of the 2014 model of boats, motors, personal watercraft, RVs, campers and marine and RV accessories.
And if you're hungry for barbecue, then the eighth annual D'Iberville Barbecue Throwdown festival is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the D'Iberville Town Green. In addition to good food, the event will have fair rides, arts and crafts, children's games and an antique car display. Details: 392-9734 or 257-9734.
Save room for Mardi Gras fun. Saturday's parades:
Bay St. Louis Krewe of Kids Parade, 11 a.m. Route is along Dunbar Avenue.
Krewe of Legacy Parade, noon, Pass Christian. Best viewing areas are Vidalia and Cable Bridge roads.
Second Liners Mardi Club Parade, 1 p.m., Biloxi. Best viewing areas are on Main Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Esters.
Moss Point Mardi Gras Parade, 1 p.m. Route is along Main Street.
Mystic Krewe of Pine Island Parade, 1:30 p.m., Vancleave. Route will begin at the south end of Johns Bayou Road and go to Marina Road and return.
Carnival Association of Long Beach Parade, 6 p.m.. Route is along Cleveland Avenue, East Railroad Street, Jeff Davis Avenue and East Fifth Street.
Gautier Men's Club Parade, 7 p.m. Best viewing areas are along U.S. 90 from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College campus west to Dolphin and around Singing River Mall.
Krewe of Nereids Parade, 1 p.m. Route begins at Drinkwater and U.S. 90, rolls west ending at Auderder Street and U.S. 90 in Waveland.