Holy Family Parish celebrates 38th annual Seafood Festival

T-shirt design for 2014 Holy Family Parish Seafood Festival (Image Source: WLOX News)
T-shirt design for 2014 Holy Family Parish Seafood Festival (Image Source: WLOX News)

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - It's a busy weekend in South Mississippi as thousands of antique cars roll in for Cruisin' the Coast, but Holy Family Parish's 38th annual Seafood Festival organizers don't think the big event will be their competition.

"It's great music, great food, great beer and the weather couldn't be any more perfect than this. We come every year," said one group of festival goers.

Just like its name says, Holy Family Parish is celebrating another year of family fun for the community.

"You can come down here, either listen to the bands, dance with the bands or eat some really good food. It's just overall a great family atmosphere where people can come and feel a part of the community down here," said Church Deacon Bill Vrazel.

For the children, there are inflatables and rides. For the adults, there's food, drink and vendors like Janie Koch, the local artist who designed both last year's and this year's festival posters.

"It's always around Cruisin' the Coast, so we have to incorporate an antique car in it, of course," said Koch.

Vrazel, affectionately known by fellow parishioners as Deacon Chef, says having the festival around Cruisin' the Coast helps draw a bigger crowd, which means more funds raised for the church.

"We support a school, St. Vincent DePaul, and so the church does a lot of subsidies and that kind of thing, so this kind of event helps," said Vrazel.

Since attendance at the festival grows every year, Vrazel says this year, they decided to add a little more time for those who couldn't make it Friday or Saturday.

"This year, we are a three day event, not a two day event like in previous years. We just do food on Fridays and Saturdays, but this year, we will be open on Sunday," said Vrazel.

Sunday, the festival will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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