Dozens of 2020 events have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. However, Mississippi Gulf Coast’s annual Cruisin’ the Coast is not one of them.
As they say, the show must go on and although COVID has caused hundreds of South Mississippi events to be canceled, the 24th annual Cruisin’ the Coast will rev up in early October, although like any vintage care or hotrod, there will be a few changes this year. Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel said, “The most important thing we’re telling people and we know Cruisin’ has told the 6400 who have already registered, please be sure to wear a mask. Please be sure to be responsible. We get probably 3 to 4,000 people just downtown for that Wednesday block party. We know it’s a lot of people and they’re going to be in a confined area. We’re doing everything we can to space out the cars but the cars don’t have COVID, it is the people.”
Although COVID has caused hundreds of South Mississippi events to be canceled, the 24th annual Cruisin’ the Coast will rev up in early October. “Cruisin’ tells us that for 800 people this will be their first time to attend Cruisin’ the Coast. We want to make sure it is a safe time. A lot of Cruisin’ is going to revolve around personal responsibility.”
After a summer of events was canceled due to COVID-19, local business owners say they are excited to welcome an increase in customers and an economic boost that comes with Cruisin’ the Coast. “It’s a big impact and we get to meet people from all over. They come in, they love us. We’re having to prepare a lot earlier because the return on liquor orders are now about two weeks. So, I ordered last week, three weeks in advance, for this week that coming up in two weeks.”
Cruisin’ the Coast is scheduled to begin on October 4th and will wrap on October 11th.