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"Roaring Geckos" Coming to Gulfport

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

For Immediate Release: December 11, 2013


Public Votes for 2014 Gecko Ball "Roaring Geckos” Theme


Contact: Daniel Hodge; dan@igc.org727-366-4086


GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Organizers of Gulfport’s annual Gecko Ball have announced the results of public voting for the theme of the 2014 Gecko Ball: "Roaring Geckos.”  The Sixth Annual Gecko Ball will be held next year on Saturday, August 23rd at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom.  The Gecko Ball is one of a trio of whimsical, celebratory Gecko-themed events in late summer each year, beginning with the Gecko Pub Crawl, and ending with Gecko Fest, Gulfport’s largest annual street festival held on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.  All events are sponsored by the Gulfport Merchants Association and a portion of proceeds from events are dedicated each year to various community charities and public art projects.  Other themes up for consideration during the online public vote were "Gecko Mardi Gras” and "Gecko Sock Hop.”


The "Roaring Geckos” theme will evoke the American Roaring Twenties, including its music, dance moves, 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 Charleston, the Jazz Age, Louis Armstrong, Rudolph Valentino, swing music and big bands, Art Deco and many other touchstones of the 1920s decade.  Gecko Ball-goers are encouraged to develop costumes relating to the theme.  A costume contest during the evening will help decide some of the best outfits in the house.  Each year, the Gecko Ball theme also lends itself to costumes that participants of the Gecko Fest street festival are encouraged to wear and flaunt during the Fest’s walking parade.


The Gecko Ball also includes hors d’oeuvre, dinner, cocktail specials, cash bar, music and dancing, silent auctions and a live auction of artist-created geckos.  Tickets to Gecko Ball go on sale a few weeks prior to the event, and it is known to sell out every year.  To receive updates on Gecko Ball, including announcements of ticket sales and locations, visit and "like” the Facebook page for Gecko Ball  Ticket sales announcements will also be published in local media.  For more information, please contact Daniel Hodge at (727) 366-4086 or email



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Tags:  florida  gecko ball  geckofest  Gulfport 

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