Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse is, a distinguished non-profit organization, stands as a dynamic catalyst devoted to nurturing tourism, education, and economic development within the bounds of Mississippi's Hancock County. Our organization boasts a diverse structure, composed of a dedicated Board of Directors, and committed Sustaining Members. Membership is exclusive, by application only, and warmly extends to all residents of Hancock and neighboring counties.
Gathering at local dining establishments, we convene a minimum of twelve business meetings annually. These gatherings not only foster camaraderie but also raise essential donations, which are thoughtfully channeled to support local non-profit organizations. This practice underscores our resolute commitment to making a tangible and positive impact on local businesses in our community.
Our mission comes alive through signature fundraising events, most notably the highly anticipated annual Lundi Gras parade and the iconic Pirate Day in the Bay (PDITB) celebration. Through these spirited fundraising gatherings, we direct 100% of the proceeds towards supporting deserving causes in Hancock County, underlining our deep-rooted resolve to drive meaningful change. These events are cornerstones of our mission, breathing life into our commitment to Hancock County's betterment. As a result of our organization's philanthropy, MKOTSH was voted "Hancock County Non-Profit of the Year" in 2022.
PDITB garners local news coverage, as well as social media promotion. In addition to media coverage, the event was recognized twice by Mississippi Magazine, '2021 MList Travel' / '2022 Best of MS Travel' and was awarded the Southeast Tourism's 'Top 20' events in the Southeast.
The name we carry, the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse, symbolizes honor and legacy. It pays homage to the storied U.S. Naval gunboat, the U.S.S. Seahorse, which played a pivotal role in safeguarding the Bay waters on December 13, 1814. This steadfast defense contributed significantly to General Andrew Jackson's triumphant victory at New Orleans during the War of 1812 - a heritage that harmonizes profoundly with our mission.
Key statistics for the MKOTSH
- IRS Status 501c (4) nonprofit organization
- Membership: 250+
- Annual Donations to local Non-Profit organizations: $17,000+
- Annual $1K Scholarships and Laptop donations to a Hancock County High School graduating senior
* Pirate Day in the Bay 2023 (PDITB) (largest event, attracts several thousand visitors annually)
- Hosted 35 Vendors
- Supported by 38 sponsors
- Donations exceeded $25,000
- Scavenger Hunt Business participation 31
- Pub Crawl participation (bars/restaurants) 15
- Golf Cart Parade with 30 carts
* Lundi Gras Parade
* Seahorse Open Putt-Putt
* Pirate Island Float
* Mutiny in the Bay Annual Kick-