Cruisin’ Kickoff parade in Downtown Long Beach

It was a perfect day for a parade and that’s just what happened in Long Beach this evening to kick off a week of Cruisin’ the Coast fun.

Hundreds of classic, modern, and even unusual cars made their way from Long Beach High School through the downtown area in front of lines of paradegoers.

One difference in this parade this year was the lack of parade throws due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cruisers both near and far say the parade is a great way to show support to the communities that play a big part in making each year successful. Biloxi Cruiser Steve Doucet said, “The community’s ready for outdoors, they’re ready to see the cars, they’re ready to see the people. I’ve met a lot of new friends today, people I never met before that are car guys, car people.”

First-time Cruiser from Oklahoma Ron Scantlin said, “And you know, you can just stop, talk to all kinds of people, and you don’t get that opportunity very much, and they’re from all over the United States.”

Many cruisers spent a large part of the day waiting in order to reserve their spot in the parade.

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