Biloxi Black Beach Weekend comes to a close

Bester and Ford family down from Shuqualak, MS. This is their first year coming down to the Gulf Coast.
Bester and Ford family down from Shuqualak, MS. This is their first year coming down to the Gulf Coast.

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Black Beach Weekend came to a close Sunday. The weekend has proven to a be a good one for fun seekers. A nice picnic on the beach or a dip in the water helped the Spring breakers wrap up a whirlwind of excitement.

"We went out to eat. We were mingling with people on the beach, partying," said Catrina Bester.

"Walking around the beach and seeing new people," said Catina Bester.

"We just came down to hang out and have fun. Hang out on the beach. Eat good food. And just look out at the casino lights at night and just ride the strip and enjoy ourselves," said Kamekia Ridar

For Spring Breakers each journey down to the coast doesn't come cheap. They spend money on a place to stay, eat, and shop. Some businesses that have catered to them year after year say they've noticed this particular Spring Break weekend wasn't a busy one.

"We're a little bit slower than what we usually would have been for a weekend. We had some Spring Breakers, but not as many as we thought we would this weekend," said Shaggy's Restaurant Biloxi General Manager Khara Whitman.

That wasn't the case for some hotels and motels. Officials with the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association say there were some hotels and motels that sold out. Motel 6 in Biloxi held full occupancy for the entire weekend. Regardless of the turnout, businesses say they're happy for the much needed revenue.

"We've went to a restaurant every day since we've been here. And it's been awesome. Different food, everyday, awesome, I love it," said Ridar.

"Very important to have our Spring Break business. It definitely kicks off our whole season. You can tell immediately from February to March," said Whitman.

Overall the Spring Break weekend on the beach was short and sweet, and just enough time for the Spring Breakers to relax. Local businesses are expecting more Spring Breakers next weekend. It's an event, promoters are calling Mississippi Gulf coast Spring Break and it is scheduled to start on Friday.

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