GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Coast's biggest block party will get rockin' and rollin' this weekend. There is still a lot to be done before thousands of guests and their vintage vehicles roll in. Cruisers will be coming in from at least 41-states, as well as Canada and Australia.
All along Highway 90, you can see crews hard at work before Cruisin' starts to crank up. Gulfport public works crews spent Wednesday scraping sand and cleaning the sidewalks along Highway 90.
Now and then, you can see the welcome signs and catch an early glimpse of antique automobiles.
Cruisin' the Coast means "Lots of fun" for Marvin Culpepper of Belle Chasse, Louisiana. He was hanging up a sign at a corner lot on Dolan Avenue. That is where 20-members of his "Asphalt Angels" car club will be hanging out during Cruisin' week, if they're not riding around in their old Plymouths, Chevys or Corvettes.
"I was here three weeks ago, grooming the lot. So we all love it, can't wait. It's a sad day when you leave on that Sunday," said Culpepper.
Car buffs also staked out prime spots so they can view the hot rods along the highway. For Jeffrey Seymour of Long Beach, Cruisin' is the perfect time to do some classic car shopping.
"I love seeing the old cars coming through and seeing all the projects people are doing and a lot of work goes into it. It's a lot of pride. It's really nice that they come down here every year," said Seymour.
Cruisin' organizers say 6,670 vehicles have preregistered for this year's 20th anniversary event. As Ron Werby walked around his beach front property to secure it for Cruisin', he also took a stroll down memory lane.
"I love the event. In fact, I was working for Gulfport Police 20 years ago, and I was the first person responsible for security for when they had it downtown," said Werby.
"I think it's awesome! I hope it's another 25, 30, 40 years. I plan to come hopefully 'til I die," said Culpepper.
Cruisin' festivities start Sunday with events at Hardy Court, downtown Gulfport, and Pascagoula. On Monday, Cruise Central opens at Centennial Plaza in Gulfport, so expect heavy traffic.