Cruisin’ in the Bay
By Echo Staff
Oct 12, 2013, 00:09
Classic cars from all over the country began crowding in to Bay St. Louis on Thursday for what organizers are saying is the biggest Cruisin’ the Coast event yet. Cruisin’ activities continue in Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian today.
Classic cars from all over the United States cruised through Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian on Thursday and Friday in the biggest Cruisin' the Coast event on record.
As of noon on Friday, Cruisin' the Coast officials said, the event had 6,954 registered cruisers, up from last year's record 6,100.
Classic cars were practically bumper-to-bumper in Old Town Bay St. Louis both Thursday and Friday, with hundreds more people out roaming the streets just to enjoy the spectacle.
"The cruisers love Bay St. Louis," Mayor Les Fillingame said Friday. "And Bay St. Louis loves the cruisers."
The Cruisin' action continues in both the Bay and the Pass today, and Old Town merchants will also be celebrating their Second Saturday Artwalk (more on that on page 6A).
Today's Cruisin' schedule.
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
11 a.m.-Noon – Sicily Swing
1-2 p.m. – The Tip Tops
3-4:30 p.m. – Vince Vance & The Valiants
Al “Lil’ Fats” Jackson, 8 p.m., Silver Slipper
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.