BILOXI (WLOX) -- Kids from all over South Mississippi scrambled to scoop up eggs at the Easter Egg Extravaganza. It was a stroll down memory lane for Sherrel Jones, who has outgrown the Easter Egg hunts. She recalls a time not too long ago when her eyes brimmed with excitement as she played games and took part in other activities at this annual event.
"I just remember always coming out here to do the Easter Egg hunt and eating barbeque and stuff," Jones said.
Bonite Gines says the Second Liners Easter Egg Extravaganza has become an after-church tradition on Easter Sunday for many people.
"Everybody loves eggs. Come to church, we really all go to church together, so it's about the church and the eggs," Gines said.
Not everyone at the celebration was from the Gulf Coat. Joseph Kol, his wife and their two children are from Jerusalem. They were passing through South Mississippi when they learned about the Easter event.
"We saw in the local news there was a special event here, and we wanted to come and see what Easter is," Kol said.
The Kols are Jewish, so they do not observe the Easter holiday, but they had just as much fun as anyone else at the Extravaganza.
"It's terrific. It's a very nice atmosphere. The children are enjoying themselves. This is the first time they are taking eggs and looking for other eggs, but it is a very nice experience for us," Kol said.
Organizers say they're pleased that youngsters near and far turned out to join this East Biloxi Easter tradition.
The Second Liners was started in 1996 as a way to get the Ward 2 community more involved in Mardi Gras.
The group puts on a number of community service events throughout the year, including the Easter Egg Extravaganza, the Second Liners Mardi Gras parade and a turkey give away.