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“Roaring Geckos” will be the theme of Gulfport’s sixth annual Gecko Ball.
GULFPORT - “Roaring Geckos” will be the theme of Gulfport’s sixth annual Gecko Ball. The “Roaring Geckos” theme will evoke the Roaring Twenties, including its music, dancing, hair styles, clothing and costumes, fads, movies and other popular culture.

Expect to experience costumes, music and décor celebrating flappers, hair bobs, Charlie Chaplin, The Great Gatsby, Guys and Dolls, the Jazz Age, Louis Armstrong, Rudolph Valentino, swing music and big bands, Art Deco and many other touchstones of the 1920s era.

The Gecko Ball will be at the historic waterfront Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Boulevard South, Saturday, Aug. 23, 6 to 11 p.m. The event gets larger and more popular each year, including over the top décor, cocktail specials, cash bar, hors d’oeuvre, a dinner buffet, commemorative photo booth, dozens of silent auction items, and the popular live auction of geckos created by local artists.

Once again, a new Gecko Queen will be crowned at the Ball as the Queen and Court are presented to assembled ball-goers. Dress a la 1920s or dress as a gecko, or combine the two. A costume contest will determine some of the best outfits in the house. Costumes are encouraged but are not mandatory.

Appearing live at this year’s Ball, the Z Street Speakeasy Band will offer dance-floor-ready tunes from the 20s through today. There will be many other surprises in store, creating what has become known as Gulfport's Party of the Year!

Tickets for Gecko Ball are $35 per person and go on sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 4, at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar’s “Bazaar Box Office,” 3115 Beach Blvd. S. The line for tickets will begin forming as early as 7 a.m. Tickets will continue to be available at the Beach Bazaar during regular store hours, as well as online with a credit or debit card at until the event sells out.

The Gecko Ball sells out every year, so would-be Ball-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets as far in advance as possible.

While they last, tables of ten are available for group reservations only if all tickets for the table are purchased in person at the Beach Bazaar at one time.

The Gecko Ball occurs one week prior to the annual GeckoFest street festival, on Aug. 30 this year. Each year the Ball’s theme also lends itself to costumes that GeckoFest participants are encouraged to wear and flaunt during the Fest’s walking parade.

The annual Gecko Pub Crawl is Aug. 9, and a portion of proceeds from all three Gecko events will once again benefit a local non-profit group, as well as the commission of a public art installation.

For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, go to and “like” the Gecko Ball Facebook page:

GeckoFest, Gecko Ball and Gecko Pub Crawl are all sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association.

Email Richard Radovic at or call 727-204-8101 for details.
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