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Long Beach Cruisin' parade welcomes thousands of spectators

Tabitha Turnage, 41, celebrating the parade in style. (Image Source: WLOX News) Tabitha Turnage, 41, celebrating the parade in style. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Cars rolling through downtown Long Beach. (Image Source: WLOX News) Cars rolling through downtown Long Beach. (Image Source: WLOX News)
A young Cruisin' spectator enjoying the parade. (Image Source: WLOX News) A young Cruisin' spectator enjoying the parade. (Image Source: WLOX News)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

Nearly 600 cars rolled through the streets of downtown Long Beach for a parade for the Annual Cruisin' the Coast parade. As night fell over the City of Long Beach, the cars just kept coming, and there was no shortage of people lining the streets to greet them along the way.

"It's my first time in the parade, but I didn't bring beads. I didn't know," said one driver.

It was almost like a Mardi Gras parade with the beads, stuffed animals, and candy, only instead of large floats, everything was being thrown from classic cars.

"Heavens yes, this brings back memories. It's just a super deal, and the cool thing about it is its clean fun. And it's a family oriented deal," said Gabriel Dickens.

The Long Beach parade has been one of the biggest events of Cruisin' the Coast since the beginning. It is a step back in time for the older spectators and just plain "cool" for the younger ones.

"My favorite one that I saw was the minion one. It looked really funny," said one young spectator.

Even though the cars are probably older than most of the people watching, the beauty of Cruisin' the Coast is that it offers events like the parade that cater to the whole family.

"It's perfect for everyone, all ages, and the kids love it. Older ones love it because they see all the cars they used to drive," said another spectator.

The night ended with a free concert at the Long Beach Harbor, featuring the Tip Tops.

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