Buddy Walk Drive-Thru parade takes place Saturday

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A 20 year tradition with a wonderful cause continues this Saturday in Gulfport to raise awareness for those with Down syndrome.

The Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society will host their 20th annual Buddy Walk, but with a different approach.  Due to COVID-19, the Buddy Walk will actually be a drive-thru car parade.

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The society raised funds for the walk by creating yard signs that everyone will be able to see during the parade route.

This is a wonderful event to bring everyone together and show appreciation for our loved ones in the community.  Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society Vice President Linda Stewart said, “October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. So, with this organization, and it falls under the National Down Syndrome Society, this Buddy Walk does. So, the parents that started it 20 years ago, felt like it was very important and it is just something that has grown and grown.”

The Buddy Walk will take place Saturday, October 17th at the Gulfport Sportsplex from 10 a.m. to noon.

The individual in the Buddy Car will be presented with their 20th annual Buddy Walk medal and a Buddy Walk goody bag.

A photographer will take photos of the individual receiving their medal.