LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Long Beach became ground zero for Cruisin' on Monday. Hundreds of cars rolled through town as part of the annual parade and then the party continued into the night.
One after another, each car more unique than the last burned the pavement through town before wrapping up at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Barbara Ramey from Illinois is seeing Cruisin' the Coast for the first time and her trip hasn't disappointed.
"You can't see any cars anywhere else like this all together," Ramey said. "I really love it."
For many people, watching the cars is like a trip back in time.
"You just remember when your parents had that car and you were riding in it, it's just good feelings that you get from it," said Biloxi resident Kathy Thompson.
Of course the main event of Cruisin' is the cars, but it's about so much more than the classics. After the parade ended, a large group of spectators listened to the sounds of The Tip Tops band.
Randy Delatte comes to Cruisin' most every year from Louisiana, on Monday he was able to renew a lot of old friendships in the Friendly City.
"It's a lot about the cars, but it's also about the friendships," Delatte said. "We see people we only see once a year and we see them over here."
As the music played deep into the night, it only took one trip to Cruisin' the Coast for Barbara Ramey and now she's hooked.
"I'll be here every year," Ramey said.