Week 7 – #34 OMG

Well – if you thought you needed to travel hours down to Key West or over to New Orleans for a parade of brightly colored costumed people, you would be very wrong.

Here are a collection of images of just a few of the many people who participated in the Gecko Festival in Gulfport, FL  this past weekend.  I had been to this festival before but always went early in the morning as usually the heat is too much.  I was meeting a fellow photographer friend who wanted to go later.  Since we were going in late afternoon, and it is mostly people photography which many of you know is not my usual thing, I only brought a point and shoot.  Boy that was a mistake. I am glad we went later as I have never seen the costumes before.  They have a parade of the costumes and select the winner.  I know the challenge suggests only one image, but in order for you to get a feel for this event, there was no way for just one.  The man in white – I am sorry that I was too close and sacrificed his parasol as he surely was dressed to the nines – some of these earn it the OMG.  So here – enjoy a bit of the festival.

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and a late arrival –

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