VOTE for Gulfport’s 2017 Gecko Ball Theme!

12 Sep 2016

September 12: For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Hodge, (727) 366-4086;

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Organizers of Gulfport’s annual Gecko Ball are encouraging the public to vote now on the theme of next year’s event. Saturday, August 26, 2017 will be the date of the Ninth Annual Gecko Ball, building on the tradition of this ever-popular event. The Ball has taken on many other memorable themes in past years, including “Geckos in Wonderland!” (2010), “The Lizard of Oz!” (2011), “Hooray for Geckowood!” (2012), “Gecko Night Fever!” (2013), “Roaring Geckos!” (2014), “Gecko Gras!” (2015), and the theme of the most recent Ball, ”20,000 Geckos Under the Sea!” Each theme inspires its own array of costumes, décor, drinks, food and music.

Event organizers have narrowed the choices to these three for public voting:

Cirque du Gecko! (a celebration of cirque and circus characters and pageantry)
Gecko Con! (a celebration of sci-fi stories and movies, superheroes, villains, comics and more as in “Comic Con” events)
Geckostock! (a celebration of Woodstock, hippies and the “peace and love” generation)
To vote for one of these themes, visit and send a private message to event organizers. Public Facebook posts will not be counted as votes. Or vote by email to Please use only one method to vote and cast only one vote per person. Voting will be held through October 7th. The theme with the majority of votes will be announced after votes are counted.

The chosen theme also extends to Gulfport’s other Gecko events celebrated at the end of summer each year, including the 2017 Gecko Art Show, Gecko Crawl and GeckoFest. All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association. A portion of proceeds from events is offered to non-profit charitable causes each year.

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