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Coast festivals, flavor highlight waterfront weekend

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/2012Henry Nguyen plays the role of Indian chief in the 2012 re-enactment of the 1699 Landing of d'Iberville in Ocean Springs.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/2012Henry Nguyen plays the role of Indian chief in the 2012 re-enactment of the 1699 Landing of d'Iberville in Ocean Springs. SUN HERALD

Sandals are on the scene again, and this week will celebrate the Coast's warmer temperatures and plenty of fun-filled festivals on the water.

The 1699 Historical Society is kicking things off Saturday with its Weekend of Discovery commemorating the 1699 landing of French envoy Pierre le Moyne, sieur d'Iberville in what is now Ocean Springs. The 5K run/walk will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the kids' 1-mile fun run at 9 a.m., both at Fort Maurepas Park, Front Beach, Ocean Springs.

If you're more interested in watching boat races than doing any racing yourself, head over to the Discovery Regatta and enjoy the waterfront view at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club and Fort Maurepas Park.

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But the fun isn't just for the people of the house; bring Fido along for the Weekend of Discovery's annual pet parade. All pets are welcome to join the lineup at 11 a.m. at Little Children's Park in Ocean Springs and parade to Marshall Park. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

The full-dress re-enactment of the Landing of d'Iberville -- the day's highlighted event -- will begin at 4 p.m. at Fort Maurepas Park, but don't miss the finale's accompanying festivities, which start at 3 p.m. The events are free. Details: 1699landing.com.

Another city festivity Saturday will be Fun By-The-River, Moss Point's 115th anniversary celebration at Riverfront Park. The Run the River 5K will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at the Pelican Landing parking lot. To register, call 272-1192.

Fun By-The-River will also offer exhibits featuring soap box derby cars, antique cars and heritage education from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., American Outboard Federation boat races from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a Parade of Memories at 10 a.m. Decorated cars, floats, cycles, bands and more will feature a "Remembering Our Past" theme and line up at the Magnolia Junior High School parking lot.

At 5 p.m., activities will conclude with an awards presentation for best floats, raffle drawings, live entertainment, food and a fireworks show. For vendor information or to register for the parade or exhibits, call 474-2345 or 475-7887.

Also offering family-friendly fun this weekend is the Multicultural Heritage and Legacy Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Point Cadet Plaza, Biloxi. Various foods, artists, musicians, vendors and exhibits from diverse cultures will deliver both an educational and an indulgent experience for families to enjoy. For details or vendor applications, call (301) 848-3229.

The third annual Wind & Wave Festival is bringing the joy of kite flying back to Long Beach from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. See demonstrations by kite clubs from Florida and Texas and meet Baden Powel, an award-winning kite maker at the beachfront pavilion near Long Beach Harbor. Free kite-flying lessons will be available, but you can also enjoy bol races, arts and crafts, marine exhibits, vendors, live entertainment and more.

From the Riverfront in Moss Point and Front Beach in Ocean Springs to Biloxi Bay and the Mississippi Sound, the Coast's waterfront revelry is sure to delight all this week.

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