LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Monday evening young and old stood side by side in Long Beach with big grins, catching beads and taking in the sights and sounds of hundreds of classic cars.
Cruisin' the Coast 2011 got off to a great start this week with more than 5,000 registered cars and even more who showed up just to be a part of all the fun. Between the perfect weather and the great turnout, the classic car parade in downtown Long Beach did not disappoint.
Brandy Bird of D'Iberville said, "It's more fun than Mardi Gras!"
Because instead of a few dozen floats, there were 500 classic beauties on parade carrying some very generous drivers and passengers. Some cars traveled thousands of miles and were treated to a perfect October evening in South Mississippi.
Gordon Culpepper of Lyman comes to this parade every year.
"It's a wonderful time for the whole family," he said. "Everybody comes out. I've seen people from Canada, Missouri, from Alabama, Arkansas; they all come down and have a wonderful time."
And it's not just the beads that have the children so excited; they actually appreciate the works of art on wheels as much as the adults.
Brandy Bird couldn't get over how her two and four-year-olds were so taken with the cars.
"They love the cars, especially the little one there," she said. "He loves the cars, she loves the cars."
Five and seven-year-old sisters Noelani & Keyara Gibson said, "We get to see all these cool cars, and I like the classic cars!"
Noelani admits she likes any car with a pink paint job. Her sister on the other hand said, "My favorite one so far has been that tank, Army looking one!"
One little 6-year-old boy barely even bent down to pick up beads, his eyes were glued upward.
We asked Eli Harris, "Do you like the stuff they're throwing or do you like looking at the cars?"
His answer without a pause was, "I like looking at the cars!"
It was a fun filled day where everyone seemed to feel like a kid again. A middle aged man in the crowd exclaimed with a laugh, "I love seeing all the old cars. It brings back memories from when I was a teenager."