Cruisin’ Block party rolls into Biloxi on Wednesday

It’s Cruisin’ The Coast week and Wednesday the cruisers roll into Biloxi for the Downtown Block Party.

Thousands of cars and car aficionados will line the downtown streets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the 26th annual Cruisin’ The Coast event. Cars will be parked by police along Howard Avenue, Lameuse and Main streets, and MLK Boulevard. During the event, the areas will be open to the thousands of car buffs that will walk around the area. No golf carts will be allowed.

“We ask that everyone be patient while entering and exiting the event,” said  Christopher De Back, assistant chief of police in Biloxi. “We will try to park everyone as quickly and safely as possible and help get everyone out quickly and safely as possible so that cruisers can get be on their way to the next event.”

Cruisers wanting to park and display their vehicle in the block party area are encouraged to arrive as early as 6 a.m. and enter on Reynoir Street. All vehicles must leave the event as soon as the event ends.

“We want everyone to have a fun and safe time,” said De Back. “So please follow the direction of the officers and signage.”

The Block Party will feature Ty Taylor & Gram Rea at 8:30 a.m.; Garry Wesley as the King of Rock and Roll at 11 a.m.; and DD Thunder Band at 1 p.m., all performing on the City Hall stage. Also part of the event are special food and drink offers from downtown restaurants and shops, and trophies for the lowest vehicle, largest fuzzy dice, fattest rear tires, most-chopped top, most chrome, longest distance driven, longest painted flames (unbroken), The Peoples Bank Cup, Mayor & City Council Cup, and, from the Biloxi Police Chief, an award for “The car I’d most like to chase.”

Parking is first-come and the event is sponsored by Biloxi Main Street, the City of Biloxi, Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, The Peoples Bank, and the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce.
See the Biloxi Block Party flyer
See the Cruisin’ traffic plan
See the CTC website
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News & notes: Weekly report, traffic, council

The week that was: A high-pressure front that blanketed our area brought cooler temperatures with low humidity, which many welcomed. However, because of the lack of rain over the past few weeks, a burn ban was issued for Harrison County until further notice. This increased calls to the Biloxi Fire Department. To see last week’s reports from the Fire, Police, and Community Development, departments, click here.

Traffic: Are you keeping up with road construction and traffic alerts? The Traffic Update page is updated each weekday on the city’s website. To go there, click here. To sign up for traffic alerts, on your cell phone text BILOXI to 99411.

Council TV: The Biloxi City Council was not scheduled to meet last week, but you can see an archive of council meeting videos by clicking here.

Council Meeting: The Biloxi City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. To see the agenda, click here.