Santa Run in Downtown Gulfport
Kris Kringles were roaming the downtown street of Gulfport this evening for a good cause.
Gulfport Main Street Association, along with the help of Chandeleur Island Brewing Company and Coastal Mississippi, put on the city’s first Santa Run. However, there was no running involved.
Each participant of the festive fundraiser was required to wear their finest Santa gear as well as a mask.
All the Santas were then sent on a tour of Downtown Gulfport businesses and restaurants to collect stamps for a chance to win prizes at the end of the run.
While COVID has prevented many holiday events from happening this season, Gulfport Main Street thought the Santa Run was a cool way to do social distancing while also helping local businesses. City of Gulfport Marketing Manager Taylor Leatherwood said, “So people seem compliant. Everyone we’ve dealt with has worn a mask and they’re all dressed out with their Santa, with their mask. And it’s a cool way to social distance because we don’t have a set you have to go to this place at this time. It’s kinda you get to pick what places you want to go to by 10pm. So, people are rushing in and they’re kinda– they’re excited and they’re having fun, but they’re being safe at the same time.”
The event not only helped bring customers to local businesses, it also served as a canned food drive for the local nonprofit Extend a Hand, Help a Friend.