Long Beach makes changes to annual Cruisin' the Coast Parade

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - By Elizabeth Vowell – email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Jeff Davis Avenue in Long Beach has seen a lot of changes with new buildings, freshly paved roads, and landscaping.  That's why city officials decided to make some changes to the city's Cruisin' the Coast parade by limiting what people can throw from floats and cars.

"So much of it [Jeff Davis] is new planning and we were kind of hoping to disperse or not promote walking on the flower beds, grabbing beds and so forth," said Long Beach Mayor Billie Skellie.

Officials originally said they wouldn't allow any items to be tossed to crowds.  However, that news didn't sit well with Long Beach residents.

"We had a few people complain. In fact, I had some of my personnel for the city say 'y'all not going to let us throw beads?'" said Skellie.

After complaints kept coming, the mayor and the public works director decided to re-think their parade strategy and only ban candy from being thrown.  Other items like beads and stuffed animals will be allowed.

"The candy is a total disaster. It gets all in these brick pavers, it's just a mess, and it's too hard to clean up," explained Skellie.

The city does ask that anyone attending the parade be extra careful around the on-going construction and to try not to step on the new plants.

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