PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - This year Cruisin' the Coast kicked off in two cities. It usually starts in Gulfport, but this year Pascagoula also got in on the first day of Cruisin'. It's been several years since Mississippi's flagship city organized an event for cruisers.
Pascagoula welcomed back one of the largest special events in the state with a huge festival at the city's riverfront Sunday.
Classic cars of all shapes sizes and colors paraded along Pascagoula's Riverfront for the start of the welcome home party.
"It is about time Goula got in," a cruiser said.
It's been seven years since Pascagoula was a pit stop for Cruisin' the Coast. Mayor Jim Blevins said the city worked hard to start it up again.
"We wanted Cruisin' the Coast, because we wanted to help the coast have a bigger event. This is a real success for us in Pascagoula. We have more cars than we have parking spaces," Blevins said.
As popular tunes echoed along the riverfront Sunday, excited car enthusiasts checked out and even snapped a few photos of the rows of antiques vehicles and hot rods the packed the lawn.
"Wow, people put a lot of money in these cars. It is really nice to bring them out so everybody can enjoy them," a south Mississippi couple said.
One of the cars that several people couldn't keep their eyes off was a shiny 1957 Chevy. Six year cruiser Sue Hall said, it's her husband's other love.
"We have had the car for a long time, but we didn't get to redo it until he retired and we use the money to restore it," Hall said.
Moss Point Resident Wallace Robinson and his white 1946 Dodge also turned a lot heads at the festival.
"My grandfather had one similar to this and it takes me back to that childhood memory when you see your grandparents and great-grandparents riding," said Robinson.
As the vintage car lovers rev their engines for a long week of other Cruisin' events across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, many of them enjoyed their time in Pascagoula and hope the city will now become permanent stop.
"It is really good, better than I expected it and it is a lot bigger than I expected. We probably will go next year if they have it," Hall said.