Cruisin’ the Coast Preparation
We’re less than two weeks away from thousands of vintage cars taking over the streets of South Mississippi.
News 25’s Kristen Durand shows us what to expect and what’s new this year for Cruisin’ the Coast’s 20th anniversary.
From just 374 vehicles in 1996 to 7,600 last year, Cruisin’ the Coast is looking to come back even bigger and better than ever this year for their 20th anniversary. Cruisin’ the Coast Executive Director Woody Bailey said, “We’re a little less than two weeks out now for the event, but there’s a lot to be done, we’ll start putting up tents and all the other infrastructure that we have for the event will be coming starting probably next week.”
The excitement revs up Sunday, October 2nd, kicking off the week-long event with View the Cruise in Gulfport and ‘Goula Cruise in Pascagoula. There are plenty of celebrities on deck as well with appearances from Dennis Gage of the TV program “My Classic Car,” Shane and Natalie from “The Street Outlaws: NOLA” and more entertainment to go around as Cruisin’ the Coast adds two new cities to the road map.
On Tuesday, October 4th, Moss Point will welcome a new slew of antique cars for Cruisin’ the River City. “Yes, it’s exciting. It’s amazing that the event has grown as it has. We have right now, 40 states that are pre-registered. Canada and Australia, a little international flavor there,” said Bailey.
Also new this year, the City of Gautier is hopping on the Cruisin’ the Coast map. Come October 8th and 9th, the city’s Mullet Festival will be filled with all the live music, food and fun the festival has to offer, but with the added sight of hundreds of vintage cars to coincide with this year’s Coast-wide celebration. Gautier Mayor Gordon Gollott said, “We’ve always been an independent festival the third weekend in October and this year we decided to move to coincide with Cruisin’ the Coast. We feel like that will give us an opportunity to showcase our city.”
Cruisin’ the Coast plans to go out with a bang this year with a fireworks show and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performing the last Saturday night on the Great Lawn in front of Harrah’s Casino.