FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Thousands of revelers in Fort Lauderdale got an early start to the summer season with some fun in the sun.

The city hosted the Great American Beach Party at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, Saturday. The event kicked off with live music, vintage cars and other entertainment.

7News cameras captured people dining outdoors and enjoying the clear skies and warm weather.

Sharon Russell said she brought her own vintage model to the event.

“I brought my 1931 Model A Roadster to the Beach Party, which we try to come every year,” she said. “We have a great time here. Great people, great music, great food, and I let everybody sit in my car, let them take pictures so they have something to remember it by.”

People from around the country attended this year’s festivities, which had something for every age group.

“I get to bring my Model A, and everybody gets to see it, because a lot of people don’t get to see a 1931 Model A, because they’ve never seen it before. Especially some of the younger people,” said Russell.

Children were able to pet some aquatic animals before jumping in the water, while adults enjoyed refreshing drinks at local bars.

“We’re actually just vacationing for Memorial Day, so we’re having a nice little weekend away,” said out-of-town visitor Hayley as she sat at a restaurant’s outdoor area. “Good weather, beach, good food and drinks. We’re just going to be wandering around and going up and down and checking out the different bars and the scene. We’re excited to see what this whole set up is gonna be like with live music.”

“I absolutely love it. Lot of cool people, lot of good energy. It’s a lot of fun,” said another restaurant diner.

Now in its ninth year, the free event featured a sand castle contest and a military tribute to honor the men and women who serve our country in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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