BILOXI (WLOX) -- For Margaret Gonzalez, the return of the Fais Do-Do was worth the 16 year wait.
"I've been going to the Fais Do-Do since the 70s. We've been doing this as part of our family for generations so we're happy to be back," Gonzalez said.
From 70 vendors came a wide array of food, jewelry and arts and crafts. There was also plenty of bouncing, climbing and sliding for the little festival goers.
"There's a wide variety of things to do as far as the bouncies, things for sale, music and all the good entertainment," Zach Leos said.
But the entertainers weren't the only ones in the spotlight. The winners of this year's Biloxi Schooner Race, Team Glenn L. Swetman, took center stage as they were recognized for defeating Team George Sekul.
"We're very grateful. We had a good race, but we smoked them at the start," said team captain Chevis Swetman.
As the kickoff to the Biloxi's time-honored tradition of the Blessing of the Fleet, the festival's comeback represents a return to Biloxi's roots.
"I've been involved in the Blessing of the Fleet since I was a ten-year-old, and that was 52 years ago. We're very happy about the people who are attending, and it looks like it's on its way back," said event organizer Bobby Eleuterius.
This year's king and queen for the 79th annual Biloxi Shrimp Festival are Ronald Baker and Jeanne-Elise Stebly.