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GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Tickets for the Ninth Annual Gecko Ball are on sale, but a limited supply of tickets remains. The Ball will be celebrated with a theme of “Geckostock!” on Saturday, August 26th, 2017. Plan now for the event known as Gulfport’s party of the year!
The party will be a celebration of hippie culture and the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival. Décor and scenery will transport ball-goers into a psychedelic era. Expect to experience over-the-top revelry and costumes, from hippies to rock stars to other 60s cultural and political touchstones. Ball-goers are encouraged to develop costumes relating to hippies, Woodstock and all things 1960s, or to geckos, or any creative combination! A costume contest will help decide some of the best outfits at the Ball.
“Geckostock” will be held at the historic waterfront Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Boulevard South) from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 26th. The event gets larger and more popular each year, including over the top décor, full cash bar, geckotinis, hippie juice and other cocktail specials, passed hors d’oeuvre and tapas. Live music by the Throwback Band will fill the dance floor this year with 60s-era pop, rock and soul music as well as hits from nearby decades. Hundreds of silent auction items will be up for bids, and the annual live auction of artist-created geckos will once again be a highlight of the evening. Witness the whimsical coronation of Gulfport’s next Gecko Queen!
Tickets are $35 per person and are on sale at the Gulfport Welcome Center (3101 Beach Boulevard South) or the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Boulevard South). Tickets may also be purchased online with a credit or debit card at VisitGulfportFlorida.com. The Gecko Ball sells out every year, so would-be Ball-goers should purchase tickets as soon as possible. While they last, reserved tables of ten or twelve are available for group reservations only if all tickets for the table are purchased in person at the Gulfport Welcome Center in one transaction.
Gulfport celebrates the Gecko each year with a series of whimsical events at the end of summer. The Gecko Ball occurs one week prior to the 17th Annual GeckoFest street festival (September 2nd), and each year the Ball’s theme also lends itself to costumes that GeckoFest participants are encouraged to flaunt during the Fest’s walking parade. The Tenth Annual Gecko Crawl will be held August 12th this year, and the third annual “Art Gecko Show” will be held during the month of August, with an opening reception on August 4th. All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association and a portion of proceeds is donated to local charities each year. Community Support Grants this year will be made to the Creative Play Preschool and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund. Visit GeckoFest.com for more information on all events.