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Waveland police prepare for Red, White and You celebration

A Waveland resident won the $50,000 bash for the city in the USA Today -Destination America Red, White and You National Essay Contest. (Photo source: WLOX) A Waveland resident won the $50,000 bash for the city in the USA Today -Destination America Red, White and You National Essay Contest. (Photo source: WLOX)
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -

Waveland city leaders are busy preparing for a star spangled Fourth of July celebration Saturday. You may recall a Waveland resident won the $50,000 bash for the city in the USA Today -Destination America Red, White and You National Essay Contest.

The Waveland Police Department is preparing for huge crowds. The beach where the Fourth of July bash will be held is being prepared to shine. A plan to handle traffic is already in place, and Waveland residents are pumped and ready for the Red, White and You Party.

"It's awesome. Cannot wait. It's great for our city," said Waveland resident Peggy Parker.

With anywhere between 15,000 and 30,000 people anticipated to be in town for the event, parking and traffic has been the Waveland Police Department's biggest concern.

"This venue that we're having here has been advertised all over the Coast, New Orleans and everything else. So, we're expecting a lot of people," said Lt. Mac Cowand.

Couple the Fourth of July bash with the Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival, and you've got a recipe for a lot of traffic on Beach Boulevard.

"I think it's going to be a co-shared thing, people going back and forth is what I believe. The fireworks display is what's going to draw people, and that's later on at night," said Cowand.

That's why starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Beach Boulevard from LaFitte Drive to St. Joseph Street will be closed down until midnight Saturday.

"We will close St. Joseph and LaFitte to one way traffic north. They will be able to park on one side of LaFitte and park on one side of St. Joseph as well as Central Avenue. The north side of Central Avenue and the north side of the Beach," explained Cowand.

There will be a shuttle bus service circulating around those streets picking up party goers during the entire event.

"It will be a circling, roving shuttle buses. Right now, it's anticipated we will have three buses," said Cowand.

The event will wrap up after a giant fireworks display. City leaders remind folks it will be a televised, family oriented event, and no alcoholic beverages will be sold there. They say people can bring ice chests, but no glass bottles will be allowed.

One other note: The Garfield Ladner Pier will also be closed at 9 a.m. Friday and will not reopen until midnight Saturday.

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