GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Families flocked to JZ 94.5's 12th Annual Family Day in the Park at Jones Park in Gulfport. There were vendors, children's activities and food, but the big draw at family day was most definitely the music.
It started playing and the crowds rushed in to get a front spot near the stage under the Barksdale Pavilion. Family Day in the Park showcased all types of performers in an event that's focused on the family.
"This is our way of giving back to the community every year. It's just incorporating families of all backgrounds and all walks of life. That's what we do here," Event coordinator Michael Daniels said.
Daniels said the event has grown over the years drawing in anywhere from $4,000 to $5,000 people. With splash pads in Jones Park, balloon animals and up and coming artists like Pretty Gurlz Statuz, it's easy to see why.
"I like this event, because everybody is singing all the time. Because I like the gospel people were doing. And I like those two girls [Pretty Gurlz Statuz]. Well I don't like them as a girlfriend you know," 10-year-old attendee Jasean Carroll said.
Most all of the event goers sang and danced along to the musical variety. Performers in the spot light were thrilled to be around so many families during the Labor Day holiday.
"Today [Sunday] we're performing. You gotta have fun for Labor Day you know," 12-year-old Pretty Gurlz Statuz member Mariah Levy said.
"We make sure that we interact with them definitely. We come on get everybody in it. She's the hype girl most of the time," 15-year-old Pretty Gurlz Statuz member Diamond Calhoun said.
The crowds also enjoyed the gospel dancers. Daniels said their performance and everyone else's caters to people of all walks of life and all ages. And the family event is in fact family run. His brother Tabari Daniels also helped organize the musical event.
"His thing is to hype up the crowd. Get some energy and get people to feel relaxed and I think he did a great job at that," Daniels said.
Daniels said artists have already contacted them for a spot in next year's event. They're also planning on expanding the event to Moss Point. That event is scheduled for Saturday October 19 at the Moss point river front. Daniels wouldn't spill the beans, but says you can expect a major artist coming over for that event.