Biloxi Spring Break: More Venues, more Traffic this Year

From:  City of Biloxi  4/5/17   GCN

Spring Break, the annual ritual of college-age youths cruising in cars and on foot along west beach in Biloxi, rolls into town Friday, and Biloxians should expect to see more traffic and more people for this year's two-day rendition.

If U.S. 90 traffic approaches gridlock a point during the event, Biloxi Police, who implement traffic plans for special events throughout the year, are expected to close all turning bays and route traffic east and west - no turns - to keep traffic moving safely. The primary area of the event is expected to be on west beach U.S. 90 from Rodenburg Avenue to DeBuys Road.

“You can expect traffic to be moving extremely slow from about mid-day Friday to late Saturday night,” said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller. "Our advice is this: If you're not coming down for the event, and you want to avoid the heavy traffic, take an alternate route, or plan on working around the house Friday and Saturday. That's what some people I’ve spoken with in the event area plan on doing.”

Miller will be briefing the Biloxi City Council on Spring Break during the council meeting this evening at 6. The meeting is at City Hall and is open to the public.

Those coming to Biloxi for spring break, meanwhile, will find more venues and more entertainment than in years past.

MGM Park, the downtown Biloxi entertainment venue, will host a concert by Lil Uzi Vert Friday night and the Coast Coliseum features a concert by Lil Boosie and others Saturday evening.

The Coast Coliseum, as usual, will be spring break headquarters. Gates to the west beach venue will be open all day Saturday, with a parking fee beginning at 4 p.m. Then at 7 p.m., doors to the Coliseum open for a show featuring a DJ and twerk contest that is expected to run until about 2 a.m.

Then on Saturday, gates at the Coliseum, open at 8 a.m., with outdoor musical acts and a car show until 1 p.m., when a fee of $20 per carload goes into effect.  At 5:30 p.m., the Coliseum doors will open for the Lil Boosie-headlined concert, which begins at 7 p.m . and is expected to end about 1 a.m.  An after-party will then be held in the Convention Center until around 2:30 a.m.

A couple of beachfront restaurants on west beach U.S. 90 are expected to remain open until 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, which is expected to attract more spring breakers into the early morning hours.
 
Advice on how to enjoy Spring Break

— �Dealing with traffic can really take the fun out of your spring break experience, says Biloxi Police Chief John Miller. "My advice would be to park your car in a legal space and then plan on walking."

— Remember that parking bays on U.S. 90 close at 10 p.m.
— For safety, pedestrians will be able to cross U.S. 90 only at crosswalks.
— Don't drink and drive. Be patient in traffic.
— Traffic will be slow-moving to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination.
— Be respectful of private property
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See background on traffic plan, venting
See the Biloxi Black Beach weekend Facebook page
 
Navy Band Southeast performs tonight in Biloxi

Mississippi Gulf Coast Navy Week festivities comes to Biloxi this evening with a performance by the Navy Band Southeast.

The Navy Band Southeast's Ceremonial Band will perform at the Lighthouse Park Pavilion, west of the Biloxi Visitors Center, beginning at 6 p.m.  The performance is free to attend but it is requested that guests bring their own lawn chairs.

As the musical representation of the Commander, Navy Region Southeast, and one of 11 official U.S. Navy Bands, the traditional military band consists of trained professional musicians that performs a range of traditional marches, fanfares and patriotic favorites at military ceremonies, parades, retirements, commissioning and decommissioning of naval vessels, public concerts and more.

Tonight's performance is part of the 2017 Navy Week outreach program taking place across the coast through April 8.

See more about the band
See more about Navy Week