Gecko Crawl Celebrates “Gecko Season” in Gulfport

Gecko Crawl Celebrates “Gecko Season” in Gulfport

June 11, 2015: For Immediate Release
Contact: Biff Lagan; (305) 923-1803 or biffcop@gmail.com    

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The eighth annual Gecko Crawl will help usher in “Gecko Season” in Gulfport with a poker run, an opportunity to sample drinks at six locations and a festive street party in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District. 

The Crawl will be held Saturday, August 8th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with afterparty beginning at 9 p.m.  Tickets are now on sale.

Gecko Crawlers will be able to enjoy a beverage at these participating bars and restaurants:

  • Little Tommie’s Tiki
  • Mangia Gourmet
  • Neptune Grille
  • O’Maddy’s
  • Peninsula Inn
  • Salty’s

All are located within easy walking distance along Beach and Shore Boulevards. 

Crawlers may start at any participating location and continue their Crawl in any order.

A Poker Run game of Five Card Stud will add to the evening’s festivities. 

Crawlers will be dealt a free card at each location when they pick up their drink token.  One additional card may be purchased for $5 at O’Maddy’s when checking in at the end of the Run.

There will be three Poker Run winners:

  • Best Poker Hand
  • Worst Poker Hand
  • A Grand Prize winner chosen at random from all participants regardless of their poker hand. 

Prizes include a two-night stay at Hotel Zamora on St. Pete Beach, a two-night stay at Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach, and a sunset cruise for two aboard the Boat Butler.

A high-energy afterparty will be held at O’Maddy’s beginning at 9 p.m. 

Poker Run participants must check in their hands with Crawl ambassadors at the party by 9:30, and winners will be announced at 10 p.m. 

Participants for Poker Run prizes must be present to win. 

The party will spill out onto one block of 54th Avenue, which will be closed for the event, with on-stage live music and dancing. 

A portion of afterparty proceeds will be donated to Gulfport’s Michael J. Yakes Foundation.

Tickets are available in advance for $20 each at Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. in Gulfport. 

Tickets are limited and purchase of advance tickets is encouraged.   If tickets remain available on the day of the Crawl, they will be sold for $25 each at all participating locations during the Crawl until sold out!

For more information, contact Biff Lagan at (305) 923-1803 or biffcop@gmail.com. 

A Gecko Art Show on August 7th, the Gecko Ball on August 29th and the GeckoFest street festival on September 5th round out the growing slate of late summer Gecko fun, celebrating Gulfport’s favorite reptile!   A portion of proceeds from all Gecko events are donated each year to local charities.  All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association.