“Seadogs” and “scallywags” and other Bay St. Louis pirate folk will have to do their drinking inside the designated areas this weekend.
As the city prepares to for the second “Pirate Day in the Bay” invasion, an ordinance allowing alcoholic beverages to be transported outside of bars and restaurants hangs in the balance.
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said city council members are still trying wrangle an ordinance on what to do with the “to-go cup law”, or HB 1223, which allows downtown entertainment districts to set up ordinances allowing alcohol in open containers throughout the districts. It was signed by Gov. Phil Bryant in May.
Although other cities along the Coast have embraced the law, Bay St. Louis will not have an ordinance in place when the law takes effect July 1.
“The council wants to advertise the proposed areas two more times and the have another public hearing on it July 5,” Fillingame said. “I’m hoping that will be the end of it.”
Fillingame recently said he thinks the ordinance will pass but that he’s not certain “what the council will decide to do.”
Pirate Day in the Bay
The Mystic Krewe of Seahorse’s Pirate Day in the Bay starts Friday at 4 p.m. in Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor. It is an extension of the “Battle of the Bay” celebration in 2014 which commemorated the 200th anniversary of the historical Battle of the Bay.
The Battle of the Bay was fought Dec. 12, 1814, when British ships attempted to invade the Mississippi Sound.
“We had a great turnout last year and it should be another fun weekend in Bay St. Louis,” Fillingame said.
Pirate Day in the Bay is a two-day event. On Saturday, a reenactment of the Battle of the Bay will take place Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Other events this weekend to check out:
Fourth Friday on the Avenue
Downtown Long Beach, Jeff Davis Avenue. Merchants and restaurants will have specials. Music by Monkey King. Pottery demonstrations by Regan Carney. Jewelry demonstrations. 228-760-2005
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $44.95 and up. Country singer/songwriter Gary Allan is a Californian who uses the laid-back manner of the Golden State to bring a cool, retro sound to his country music stylings.
‘The King and I’
Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave. $15. Production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. 228-864-7983 www.gulfportlittletheatre.net/
7 p.m. June 24-25 and 2 p.m. June 26
Montgomery Biscuits at Biloxi Shuckers
Former MLB player Darryl Strawberry will throw out the first pitch Friday night.
MGM Park, 145 Caillavet St., Biloxi. Tickets $10 to $30. Minor league baseball. 228-233-3465
7:10 p.m. June 24-25, 5:10 p.m. June 26 and 7:10 p.m. June 27
Scrapin the Coast
Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Scrapin the Coast is the largest car, truck and bike show in the South. 228-594-3700
8 p.m. June 24-26
Celebrate America Performance
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $20; $15 military and children. The show is presented by the Gulf Coast Musical Theatre. 228-818-2878
8 p.m. June 24-25, 3 p.m. June 26
Super Hero Day
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Join others to "leap tall buildings in a single bound," compete in a special powers relay race, make a super hero mask and parade through the museum in your favorite super hero costume at 2 p.m. 228-897-6039
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Second annual Crawfish Boil
American Legion Post 33, 1126 Judge Sekul Ave., Biloxi. Talent show begins at 5 p.m. Cost: $20 adults and $10 children and $6 shrimp plates. Food, games and music. Presented by South Mississippi Special Needs Organization. Proceeds benefit SNO and their families.