BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Seafood festivities will continue in Biloxi for the rest of the weekend for the annual Seafood Festival. The festival is more than three decades old, but there's a reason why this year was particularly special.
"We are finally back to our pre-Katrina venue," Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Director Rachael Seymour said. "We've been down at the town green for nine years, and on our 10 year anniversary of our last festival here, we're back at our Point Cadet Plaza."
The new and improved plaza was a warm welcome back for those who grew up in the area.
"I was born and raised here, honey. This is a every year thing," Ashley Rice said. "It looks beautiful out here with what they've done to it, but you know, great food, good people. It's just nothing but fun."
Katie Noel and her family attended their first seafood festival last year. Now that the seafood party is back at its original venue, they look forward to making this annual event a tradition for the entire family.
"We want it to be a family tradition. She loved it. She remembered every detail of what she did last year. We're glad to be back here on the water, it's a beautiful view. It's wonderful to be out here," Noel said.
Old traditions or new, it's a thrill for the city to be able to welcome back all of the seafood lovers to its original festival home.
"So many families, seafood families especially, had ties to the point. This is where they live. This is where they worked, so it's only a natural thing that the Biloxi Seafood Festival should be back here at Point Cadet," Seymour said.
The seafood festivities continue through Sunday. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.