Bras across the River's turn out better than ever

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point hosted their Third Annual "Bras across the River" event Saturday morning. Hundreds of men and women set off on a walk across the bridge to honor breast cancer. Event organizer, Trudi Mullins believes the thousands of bras lining the bridge make a big statement.

"Research shows us that early detection saves lives. The only way you get early detection is by creating awareness and starting a conversation, and to be honest with you nothing starts a conversation kind of like a mile worth of bras," said Mullins.

As participants made their way across the bridge, they stopped to sign an eight foot tall banner in honor of loved ones who have lost the fight, are in the fight, or have won it.

Clarence Parks who is the Moss Point fire chief ran across the bridge in his full gear, not giving a second thought to the eighty degree temperature.

"I mean it's added weight. It's added heaviness, but again it's nothing compared to the fight that these people have," said Parks.

Another way people were supporting the cause was by entering the bra decorating competition. Dozens of colorful designs were entered and judges chose three winners. One of those was Becky Kilgore who decorated her bra with a peacock theme in honor of her sister.

"She made her family very proud. Just as proud as a peacock and she was always trying to help someone else. And just be a real inspiration to our family," said Kilgore.

Event organizers said attendance has doubled if not tripled since 2011. With the heavily decorated bras and the outlandish costumes, they're sure attendance will continue to grow.

There were pink tutus and pink hair, but nothing took the cake quite like the pink ribbon cut into Benny Brown's hair.

"I've done it for like the past five years, and I just tried to up it a little bit to make people more aware. They say go pink so what else can you do," said Brown.

The event raised nearly $7,500. All of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness.

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