The Mississippi Gulf Coast is gearing up for two days of aerial stunts from the U.S. Navy’s famous Blue Angels team.
The free “Blues Over Biloxi” airshow is scheduled for July 21-22. It’ll be based at the “Great Lawn” at Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino in Biloxi, but since the actual air show will take place over the Mississippi Sound, large crowds are expected to gather along area beaches. The airshow website promises “nearly two miles of spectator visibility.”
“We expect huge crowds both days,” Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said at a news conference in December to announce the show. “It’s the perfect location for viewing aerial acrobatics over the water.”
In a news release, Gilich said he expects the shows will draw more than 100,000 people to the coast.
Harrah’s, the Blind Tiger and the city of Biloxi are teaming up to present the airshow. Harrah’s is located on U.S. 90 near the bridge linking Biloxi and Ocean Springs.
The Blue Angels are the headliners, but the airshow will feature numerous other acts, including the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team and other acrobatic aircraft, the city of Biloxi said in a news release.
The airshow will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Food trucks and other concessions will be available at the Great Lawn, which will open at 9 a.m. each day.
The Blue Angels over the Florida Gulf Coast. (Via YouTube)
The Blue Angels, meanwhile, also have performances scheduled this coming Saturday and Sunday (July 14-15) at the Pensacola Beach Air Show. That show attracts thousands of people to Pensacola beaches.
If you’re headed to the Pensacola area this weekend, here’s a little background from the Pensacola News Journal.
The Blue Angels are based at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola and often rehearse over the Gulf of Mexico, thrilling beachgoers.