Car lovers from across the nation are taking in everything the Coast has to offer. That’s why for the past 17 years, Biloxi has been welcoming Cruisers and the community to celebrate in style.
What do you do in the thick of all the ‘Cruisin’ the Coast’ celebrations? You throw a block party!
A staple of ‘Cruisin’ the Coast’ week since 2002, the ‘Downtown Biloxi Block Party’ brings thousands of Cruisers and community members together for good music and cool cars and it continues to grow. City of Biloxi Downtown Services Director Kay Miller said, “This year, we have Howard Avenue open so the new bricked gorgeous Howard Avenue. We have cars parked there for the first time.”
More spots for more vehicles brings in more cars with amazing stories to tell. First time Cruiser Michael McClung made his way to the Coast from Ranchos Palos Verdes, California in his restored 1934 Ford Coupe. “When I bought it, it was a show car that did not run. So I put a new drivetrain in it, started driving it and using it, and then I’m on I think my third engine, my second transmission and you know, now I just wear it out.”
Other cars have cruised their way through history, like Larry Balch’s 1948 Beach Boys themed Sedan Delivery that toured with the band for a time and is signed by band members. “I was actually more of a decoy than being on stage with them, but I’d come in one way and they’d come in another and everybody thought, of course they were driving in the car and riding in it.”
But, aside from the cars and the history, Cruisers say the block party is one of the many ways to connect with the community over a love of cars. “I’ve always heard of ‘Cruisin’ the Coast.’ I thought this would be a fabulous location to do what they’re doing.”
“You meet people from all over the world, and it’s a great feeling and you keep in contact with them. You know, you can’t beat friendly people, and down here these people are just so friendly.”