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Cruisers hit the streets early for Biloxi block party

Even though the event didn't start officially until 8 a.m., cars were lining up in the streets of downtown three hours earlier. (Photo source: WLOX) Even though the event didn't start officially until 8 a.m., cars were lining up in the streets of downtown three hours earlier. (Photo source: WLOX)
This is the 20th anniversary of Cruisin' the Coast, and a record number of cars are expected to register. (Photo source: WLOX) This is the 20th anniversary of Cruisin' the Coast, and a record number of cars are expected to register. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Long before daybreak, cruisers pack the streets of Biloxi. Some can't resist honking their horns, making their presence felt. The overall mood of the cruisers is bright, just like the sun. 

“The people, absolutely the people. Everyone has such a blast, they are so cordial. And we've been blessed with good weather, especially this time,” Dan Duffy of Georgia said.

In addition to the people, cruisers like their food. Some businesses are operating on a much different schedule during Cruisin' the Coast. 

“We have a lot come in. We've been opening Monday at 11 a.m. We've got a lot of people for lunch, checking it out, all that kind of stuff. It's been really great,” restaurant manager Kate Smith explained.

The love affair with all things automotive is clearly on display, according to Louisiana cruiser Donna Tadevich.

“My husband has always wanted a car. He grew up with cars, so he got this one three years ago and has been here twice since," said Tadevich.

Some cruisers are at the event for the first time, like the Westfall’s from Tennessee.

“It is awesome. All the cars, the water, the scenery. It's just beautiful. Good Lord willing, we'll be back," said Regina Westfall. 

As much as out of town visitors enjoy Cruisin' the Coast, enjoying what the Coast has to offer, people who live in the area have similar sentiments.  

“You get to meet people that you don't normally see on a daily basis, and you hold a conversation and talk about the toys that we all love” Wayne Bullock of Dallas said.

Those toys are just part of the magic of Cruisin'. For Florida cruiser Ken Greene, the other part comes from the heart.

“We love Biloxi. We love the people, very friendly. We just enjoy cruising. We've made a lot of friends," said Greene. 

Biloxi police officials say about 1,000 registered cars took part in the event, not including the other 3,000 or so cars that people parked near downtown to enjoy the festivities.

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