This year the Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade will actually be on 11/11, with about 1,900 marchers expected to take part in Biloxi.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. near IP Casino Resort, travels south on Caillavet Street to Esters Boulevard and then down Lameuse Street past Biloxi City Hall to the Biloxi Town Green.
A free celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be a Red, White and Blue on the Green Festival to honor the veterans. Live entertainment, food and arts and craft vendors are planned. Mississippi National Guard jazz ensemble will perform at 10:30 a.m. on the steps of the Biloxi City Hall.
Veterans Day events
Red White and Blue Festival: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on the Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd., Biloxi.
The 17th annual Gulf Coast Veterans Parade: 11 a.m. Saturday starting at Caillavet Street traveling to Howard Avenue, the grand marshal is retired Navy Master Chief Dick Wade.
The 17th annual Jackson County Veterans Day Program: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Moss Point Veterans Day Memorial, 4320 McInnis Ave., Moss Point, with theme, “Freedom is not free” with special attention given to POWs and MIAs, including a 21-gun salute. Keynote speaker is Capt. Torrey M. Garrison, who serves as a chaplain in the 81st Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base.
Laying of the Wreath Ceremony: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Veterans Tribute Tower at Gautier City Hall, 3330 U.S. 90, Gautier to honor veterans and those serving in the military. Keynote speaker will be Navy Comdr. John P. Letourneau. Sen. Brice Wiggins also will speak. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion Post 1992, 3824 Old Spanish Trail.
Veterans Day Parade in Diamondhead: 2 p.m., with 1 p.m. setup, at the Diamondhead Country Club. The parade will roll along Golf Club Drive to City Hall. Everyone is invited to decorate their golf carts and participate in the parade. Also participating will be the Diamondhead Fire Department, Hancock County High School Junior ROTC, JOPPA Shriners, Harold Dawley’s military vehicles, decorated golf carts, and the Diamondhead Topless Club (better known as convertibles). A bake sale will be held at the parade’s end at City Hall and everyone is asked to provide baked goods. Proceeds benefit needy veterans. Details 228-255-5017.
Admission is free for all of these events.