Cruisin' the Coast 2013 gets off to a wet start

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Cruisin' the Coast 2013 is in full effect, and they kicked off the festivities Sunday at Hardy Court in Gulfport.

It was a wet start for this year's cruisers. With the threat of a tropical system hitting the coast, a few participants were worried; but cruise organizer Craig Grisoli was sure to calm their nerves.

"We got lots of calls, lot of questions, and we're telling them to come. It's going to be chamber of commerce weather, blue skies, and cool," said Grisoli.

The Hardy Court Cruise-in is the first stop in a weeklong series of Cruisin' events. Keisha Gaines and her father have been coming to the event for about six years, but the threat of tropical weather isn't the only thing different for them this year.

"This is the first year that my father and I have parked next to each other. Usually our cars are separated," said Gaines.

Gaines' father, Michael Monroe, says it would have taken a lot more than scattered showers to keep his car in the garage.

"When you have an important event like this, it almost takes a hurricane to stop you from coming out," said Monroe.

Organizers say the rain may have scared a few people away from the Hardy Court Cruise-in, but they're still expecting to see a record amount of cruisers this week.

"Turn out's been pretty good, mother nature considering, you know we're pretty happy. A lot of people are in town early. We're starting to see them show up at Hardy Court here and we're sure they're showing up downtown Gulfport, so overall we're pleased," said Grisoli.

Last year's Cruisin' the Coast brought a whopping 6,169 cruisers, and they are hoping when the last wheel is counted this year; that record will be shattered.

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