Cruisin' the Coast

Rollin’ on the river with the Masked Cruiser in Moss Point

Jim Kelly and Luke King of Pine Mountain, Ga., are reflected in the hubcap of a Studebaker as Cruisin' the Coast makes a stop in Moss Point, Tuesday morning.
Jim Kelly and Luke King of Pine Mountain, Ga., are reflected in the hubcap of a Studebaker as Cruisin' the Coast makes a stop in Moss Point, Tuesday morning. ttisbell@sunherald.com

The Masked Cruiser made it over to Moss Point on Tuesday for Day Three of Cruisin’ The Coast. And let me tell you, Moss Point was extra mossy as the Spanish moss was perfectly draped from the town’s Live oaks.

Moss Point hosted the first Cruisin’ the River City, which was set along Riverfront Park, and with skies of blue filled with fluffy cotton candy clouds. It was a bit hot, though — where is this fall y’all keep talking about?

It was so warm that the Masked Cruiser overheard the following: “I have got to sit down because I’m about to fall out” and “They should have had this at night because it’s too hot.”

Be careful what you say this week. The Masked Cruiser is listening.

While it was definitely not cool, there was plenty of shade to be found under the oak and cypress trees that line the banks of the Escatawpa River. The rest of the Coast better watch out because Moss Point has the scenery on lockdown. Cruisin’ the River City is here to stay.

Downtown Moss Point was picturesque on Tuesday as merchants brought their wares outside and had sidewalk sales. Cruisers received free cookies and water from merchants. Andy Griffith would have been proud.

There was also plenty of food. The good folks from Pentecostal Church of God were there selling big baskets of shrimp and fried fish. There was frozen lemonade to wet ol’ Peggy Sue’s whistle and, of course, there was alligator on a stick. The hot nuts folks were there, selling cones and cones of delicious hot nuts, while the sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and “Green Onions” by Booker T. & the M.G.’s played in the background.

And yes, child, there were cars. There were red cars and white cars and blue cars and even purple cars. The Masked Cruiser saw plenty of Corvettes, ’57 Chevys, ’65 Mustangs and even a monster truck or two. One car had a vanity plate that read “Nino Brown.” Nino Brown was the drug-dealing crime lord made famous by Wesley Snipes in the movie “New Jack City.”

A couple of snowbirds from North Dakota by way of Biloxi even stopped by to talk to the Masked Cruiser.

“We love it down here,” one of the snowbirds said.

The Masked Cruiser loves it down here, too, baby.

All in all, Moss Point was lit on Tuesday. Well done, River City.

Get ready to party on Wednesday, y’all. The Masked Cruiser will be looking for you.

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