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It’s about time for the rubber to meet the road as Cruiser’s map out this year’s trip to South Mississippi’s annual Cruisin’ the Coast. Gulfport’s Main Street Association has been getting ready for this year’s event with a special kickoff celebration in the downtown area.
Gulfport city leaders hope drivers will steer their vintage and antique rides to the downtown area, stopping in at the city’s View the Cruise event as drivers’ first pit stop for Cruisin’ the Coast. Things are heating up as the Gulfport Main Street Association sets the stage for even more live entertainment outside these hotrods. Gulfport Main Street Director Laurie Toups said, “We have four stages where we used to just have two and now we have four wonderful stages. We opened up Fishbone Alley officially last year during Cruise. We’ve got one on 26th Avenue and one at 24th and 14th. So, we are excited.”
Come Sunday morning at 10 a.m. the area at the Depot will be transformed into a stage where the David Knorr Band will kick off the weeklong festivities.
There are plenty of stops for Cruisers to fuel up their vehicles and their own fuel tanks to crank up for the day’s activities throughout the area Sunday. “There is gonna be a ton of places to eat breakfast at. This year, of course, we have got Triplett Day, our wonderful diner right here in the heart of downtown. They are going to be serving their beignets and breakfast. Their beignets are famous throughout all of the south. Rack House is going to be serving breakfast. Coast Roast, PJ’s, Murky Waters, the list just goes on and on and on,” said Toups.
Hot off the presses, the Gulfport Main Street Association will be offering cruisers a new t-shirt this year, a material reminder they can wear even after they roll off into the sunset.