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Spring breakers on the Coast, ready to have fun

Spring breakers began to arrive in Biloxi on Friday night, packing the boardwalk along the beach and increasing traffic on U.S. 90.

Coast hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues have said they are prepared to welcome thousands during Biloxi Black Beach Weekend and police said they are ready for the traffic and any issues that arise.

As of Friday evening, traffic was moving slowly along the beach in Biloxi but authorities reported no problems.

A few events were scheduled for Friday night but most activity will take place Saturday.

For the most part Friday, young people strolled in groups down the boardwalk, with some saying they planned to attend pre-parties at various Coast nightspots.

Activity should pick up Saturday night. A concert by Future at the Coliseum is expected to draw as many as 10,000. All of the Coast's 14,000 or so hotel rooms have been booked. In addition to spring break, Shuckers baseball games at MGM Park in Biloxi and Gulfport's Gulf Coast Yacht and Boat Show will also draw crowds.

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And unlike last year, when rain scuttled a lot of people's plans, the National Weather Service predicts highs in the low-70s and lows in the upper 50s the whole weekend.

Traffic could become an issue Saturday and city police departments both have a plan in place that involves closing turning lanes and side streets to keep cars moving.

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