Folks get early start on prime seats for Blue Angels rehearsal


PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WALA) – There’s wasn’t a bad seat in the house, but the Blue Angels practice in Pensacola Friday.

But, for those who wanted “front row” seats, they had to arrive very early.

And, many people did.


Jim and Cris Cason of Milton, Florida, arrived about 6:00 Friday morning to set up their pop up tent on the beach.

When asked why she came out so early, Jim Cason said, “To get a good parking spot.

The Casons said they got up about 4:00 am.

Halley Murray from Pensacola also woke up about 4 am and got to the beach at 6:15.

Murray said she learned her lesson last time the Blues performed.

She said, “I waited and I came about 10:00, and there was absolutely no parking, so, I had to walk like four miles. I was determined this year I was not going to do that again.”


The early visitors had no problems parking, but getting supplies to the beach was a different story.

They carried shopping bags, pulled ice chests, and towed carts.

18 month old Harper McLeod is attending her first Blue Angels show, and her mother, Chasity, brought enough supplies to protect all her family members from the heat.

Chasity McLeod said, “We have the tents to keep the kids in the shade, so they don’t get too much sun. And, toys and food: just the basics to survive all day.”


Some out-of-state visitors brought big tents, like Randy Evans, who brought a big University of Tennessee tent to the beach.

But, not far away, there was a Florida Gator tent.

When asked if he saw the Gator tent, Evans said, “I don’t know what that is, but, they’re welcome to come this way today.”

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