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Live updates: What you need to know about President Trump coming to Biloxi

Protesters, supporters greet Trump rally for Cindy Hyde-Smith

Protesters gather outside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 as supporters cheer before President Donald Trump's rally for Cindy Hyde-Smith who is in a runoff against Democrat Mike Espy for a U.S. Senate seat.
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Protesters gather outside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 as supporters cheer before President Donald Trump's rally for Cindy Hyde-Smith who is in a runoff against Democrat Mike Espy for a U.S. Senate seat.

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum gates have opened early in advance of the arrival of President Donald Trump, who will campaign Monday evening at a rally for U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Vice President Mike Pence will join Trump, with both arriving separately, White House schedules show.

The Coliseum is ready for a large crowd. Trump’s visit to the Coliseum in January 2016 drew a standing-room only crowd of about 13,000 people, Executive Director Matt McDonnell said.

People began arriving on the Coliseum grounds when the gates opened at 8 a.m.

Trump was scheduled to speak at a Make America Great Again rally in Tupelo at 4:15 p.m. before flying to Gulfport, according to his schedule.

If you plan to go, here’s what you need or want to know:

  • Tickets are free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are available online at the president’s website, www.donaldjtrump.com. You can get your picture with Trump backstage, the website says.

  • 4 p.m.: Protesters have said they will start to line up on the beach side of U.S. 90 across from the Coliseum.
  • There’s a $5 charge per car to park at the Coliseum.
  • There’s only two entrances to the Coliseum: from the south on U.S. 90 and the entrance nearest the railroad tracks on Beauvoir Road.
  • Only those who have registered online will be admitted.
  • Be prepared to go through a security checkpoint. No firearms, knives, pocket knives or knives on keychains are allowed. Even if you have a conceal-carry permit, you still can’t be armed.

Republicans waiting to attend Donald Trump's rally in Biloxi, Miss., on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, and Democrats at a Get Out The Vote event in Biloxi on Nov. 20 offer their opinion on the state of American politics.

Timeline:

  • 5 p.m.: Coliseum doors open.

  • 5-10 p.m.: Expect traffic delays in Biloxi and Gulfport. Police say expect detours. No advance notice is being given as to where.

  • 6:40 p.m.: Trump arrives at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

  • 6:50 p.m.: Trump hosts a roundtable on the First Step Act, a draft of legislation for criminal justice reform. Pence is expected to participate.

  • 7:40 p.m.: Trump arrives at the Coliseum.

  • 8 p.m.: The rally starts.

  • 9:05 p.m.: Trump leaves the Coliseum for the airport.

  • 9:30 p.m. Trump departs Mississippi for Washington, D.C.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews
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