BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - There were small boats, big boats, loud boats and boats that just liked to show off. In all, 40 boats strutted their colors during the 29th annual Christmas on the Water Boat Parade along the Biloxi channel from Beau Rivage to Point Cadet against the black canvas of the Mississippi Sound.
The smallest boat sat at 21 feet. The largest at 95 feet.
Rusty David has coordinated every single parade. Before this year's parade, he told us the reason why.
"It's just Coast culture. It's about people and togetherness and families and hospitality, and that's what Biloxi is all about," said David.
Case in point.
Brenda Gardener, of Biloxi, and her friend Diane Farris, of Ocean Springs, have gotten together with friends and families every year. It started as a gathering of Hurricane Hunters from Keesler Air Force Base and later united with the folks from the Ocean Springs Yacht Club.
"We just all come together as family," Gardener said. "It's like a pot luck, and we just spend time together. It's great. Some years are really cold and some years are fantastic, like tonight."
"Now, we do it just for the community, for the people at the yacht club and anyone with the squadron who doesn't have someone to spend the evening with. They come out and spend the time with us," Farris said.
The boats were judged this year on originality of theme, lighting and overall appearance. The overall winner this year was the boat Mystic, captained by Matthew Hinton.