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CRUISIN' THE COAST IS HERE!!!
By Echo Staff
Oct 10, 2013, 10:00

More than 350 classic cars cruise through Diamondhead on Wednesday for the first annual Blessing of the Classics.

Cruisin' the Coast is officially under way in Hancock County – more than hundreds of classic cars cruised through Diamondhead on Wednesday for the first annual "Blessing of the Classics," and on Thursday morning, cruising in force in Old Town Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian.
Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. in both Bay and the Pass, and the party will roll on today from 5 to 10 p.m., in the historic Depot District. The evening will feature live New Orleans music, jambalaya and other regional foods, a one-of-a-kind car contest, raffle and draw-down, as well as surprise entertainment. Admission to the event is free, and proceeds from food sales and contests will benefit Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity.

Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo has announced several street closings in the downtown area to facilitate Cruisin' the Coast.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the following street closings will take place, De Nardo said.
* North Beach Boulevard will be closed at Ulman Avenue.
* South Beach Boulevard north will be closed before the railroad tracks.
* South Beach Boulevard northbound will be closed for through traffic at Bookter Street.
* Main Street will be closed to all traffic from Toulme to the beach.
* North Second Street will be closed southbound at State Street.
* South Second Street will be closed at Court Street.
* South Second Street and Esterbrook Streets will be closed to traffic EXCEPT for people living and working on Court Street.

Access to St. Stanislaus, Our Lady Academy and Holy Trinity Schools
Parents and students are to take Washington Street to Beach Boulevard, turn left on Beach Boulevard and continue past Barricade by Bookter Street, and turn left on Union Street to school.
For Holy Trinity access can still be made through the church's community center parking lot.


CRUISIN' THE COAST EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 10:

Registration and all Cruisin’ Venues are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sites with bands: Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Gulfport, Edgewater Mall, D’Iberville, Ocean Springs

2014 Registration open noon-5 p.m.

Counts Kustoms signing autographs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cruise Central, 2-4 p.m. in Bay St. Louis

Two Mississippi Gulf Fresh Seafood Samplings at Cruise Central, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Big Easy in the Bay, Bay St. Louis, Depot District, 5 p.m.

Cruisin’ Venue Entertainment

Bay St. Louis

11 a.m.-Noon – Figure 8
1-2 p.m. – Cool Rays
3-4:30 p.m. – Vince Vance & The Valiants

Pass Christian

11 a.m.-Noon – JR
1-2 p.m. – Modern Eldorados
3-4:30 p.m. – Boogie Allstars

Casino Entertainment
“Rumble on the Gulf” Bike & Classic Car Night, 6-9 p.m., Silver Slipper
Al “Lil’ Fats” Jackson, 7 p.m., Silver Slipper

Friday, October 11:

Registration and all Cruisin’ Venues are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sites with bands: Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Gulfport, Edgewater Mall, D’Iberville, Ocean Springs

2013 and 2014 Registration continues 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dennis Gage, of the TV program “My Classic Car,” signing autographs, 9-10 a.m. in Bay St. Louis.

Cruisin’ Venue Entertainment

Bay St. Louis

11 a.m.-Noon – Magic
1-2 p.m. – Destiny
3-4:30 p.m. – Boogie Allstars

Pass Christian

11 a.m.-Noon – Gary Wesley
1-2 p.m. – Tommy Morse Band
3-4:30 p.m. – NA NA SHA

Casino Entertainment

Al “Lil’ Fats” Jackson, 8 p.m., Silver Slipper

Saturday, October 12:

All Cruisin’ Venues are open 9 a.m.-5- p.m.

Sites with bands: Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Gulfport, Edgewater Mall, D’Iberville, Ocean Springs

2013 registration 9 a.m.-noon
2014 Registration 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dennis Gage, of the TV program “My Classic Car,” signing autographs, 9-10:30 a.m. in Pass Christian.

The Mississippi Heritage Aviation Museum will conduct a Fly-By in salute to Cruisin’ The Coast. The planes will take off from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and fly along the the beachfront from Ocean Springs to Bay St. Louis, 3 p.m.

Cruisin’ Venue Entertainment

Bay St. Louis

11 a.m.-Noon – Gary Wesley
1-2 p.m. – Starz
3-4:30 p.m. – Escalade

Pass Christian

11 a.m.-Noon – Sicily Swing
1-2 p.m. – The Tip Tops
3-4:30 p.m. – Vince Vance & The Valiants

Casino Entertainment

Al “Lil’ Fats” Jackson, 8 p.m., Silver Slipper

Sunday,
October 13:

All events at Cruise Central

2014 Registration open 8 a.m.-Noon.

Non-denominational prayer service 8 a.m.

Stamping Cards must be turned in by 9 a.m.

Gene Oswalt Volunteer of the Year Award

Dennis Gage of “My Classic Car” will announce the winners of the Cash Drawings (40 drawings $500 each) totaling $20,000
Dennis Gage, of the TV program “My Classic Car,” signing autographs

Make-A-Wish Raffle Car Giveaway and unveiling of new 2014 Raffle Car!

Live entertainment by NA NA SHA, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.













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