Mardi Gras on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Biloxi, Mississippi - The Jewel of the South
Mardi Gras...the mere mention of these two words convey thoughts of: raucous celebrations, beads flying through the
air, ear-to-ear grins plastered on the faces of millions of revelers, and of course floats parading through the streets of
While these associations are accurate, this is only taking into account only a small portion of what Mardi Gras stands for
and means to millions of people not just in the Bayous and Parishes of Louisiana, but across the world.
However, the first Mardi Gras in North America did not even occur under American rule but more appropriately the
French. In 1704, France’s King Louis XIV ordered the brothers Iberville and Bienville LeMoyne to sail from France to
defend their territories, which include the areas that now represent: Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Upon arriving,
the LeMoyne brothers found the mouth of a body of water, now known as the Mississippi River, and sailed upstream for
a few miles until they located the perfect place to build a colony and designated the area as: Point du Mardi Gras.
From these humble beginnings a proud culture of French ancestors known as the Creole population of the Bayous began
and prospered, and each year thousands of people become honorary Creoles during Mardi Gras celebrations held
throughout the United States.
Mardi Gras, which in French translates to Fat Tuesday, is officially the day before Ash Wednesday. The day is also
commonly referred to as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day and can occur anytime between February 3rd and March 9th,
depending on when Easter is held that particular year. But as the celebrations in America and across the world have
grown larger with each passing year, Mardi Gras, has evolved from one day into week long celebrations.
| Mardi Gras
January 30 - February 16, 2010
Ocean Club Biloxi Vacation Condo