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Krewe of Porches keeps Mardi Gras alive in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Carnival parades, balls and other festive but crowded activities have been canceled in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf South due to t
 at Jacked Up Coffee Bar in Biloxi. Enjoy a pint of Chandeleur Island Brewing Company’s King Cake Ale in Gulfport, or savor a King Cake Martini at Half Shell Oyster House inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi. Book a Mardi Gras picnic through Coastal Picnic & Company. Pick your preferred picnic-style from one of four options, choose your add-on options such as gourmet cupcakes or a boho lace teepee, pick your spot and let their talented team do the rest. Ever since the Gulf Coast Carnival Association hosted Biloxi’s first parade in 1908, Mardi Gras has become an iconic part of the culture of Coastal Mississippi. Relive the excitement with a visit to the Coastal Mississippi Mardi Gras Museum in Biloxi. The museum features costumes, photographs and memorabilia from the Coast’s 113 years of Mardi Gras celebrations. Add a trip to the Bay Saint Louis Mardi Gras Museum to your itinerary. Rated the Best Free Attraction in Mississippi by Love Exploring, the museum is located inside the Bay Saint Louis Historic L&N Train Depot and explores the history of Mardi Gras celebrations in Hancock County. Be sure to check out the beautiful display of rotating costumes from over the years, largely featuring the all- female mystic society Krewe of Nereids. Weird, Wacky & Wild South is written by travel writer and author Cheré Coen, who adores Carnival and didn't hesitate to try on a queen's mantle at the Bay Saint Louis Mardi Gras Museum. If you love Carnival too, check out her "Carnival Confessions" romantic novella under the pen name of Cherie Claire....

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