BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The beaches have cleared out after a massive spring break party that brought tens of thousands to the Biloxi beachfront.
"From a promoter standpoint, I think our events went as planned. Pretty much tickets sold before the event arrived here. So everything's perfect," said
Maurice Bryant, who is the spring break weekend promoter.
Maurice Bryant has been promoting the spring break weekend in Biloxi for about four years, and each year, he sees a significant increase in visitors.
"It's like a word of mouth thing, even more than us promoting the event. When someone tells another person they're having a good time in Mississippi in April, people are coming," said Bryant.
Bryant said he met with law enforcement prior to the event to prepare them for the number of people he was expecting.
"This event brings a different dynamic, a different crowd, that's experiencing the coast," said Bryant.
From state line to state line, tourism leaders say hotels were just about at 100 percent occupancy. Those numbers alone signify the event is a revenue generator for the coast.
"I went to a t-shirt screen printing company here on the coast; I purchased t-shirts. The owner was telling me how he's already feeling an economic boost from the event just off of me purchasing t-shirts," said Bryant.
Though not everyone is a fan of the spring break crowd, Bryant wants them to remember they're still visitors and some of them are getting their first impression of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
"Sometimes to get an event to become successful you have to embrace it first. You know, people are starting to embrace it, but I think when the community gets behind something like this it will be a tremendous event for everybody," said Bryant.
Bryant said next year's dates have not been set yet. But many who were here this year have already inquired so they can reserve their rooms for next year.