FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Mardi Gras may have been Tuesday but the 11th annual Folly Gras is Saturday on "the Edge of America."
Last years festival was highly criticized as Folly Beach's wildest festival. More than twenty people were arrested.
In 2017, there was a lot of criticism for a lack of security, safety, and personnel for Folly Gras. Residents complained people were parking illegally in their yard, the area was trashed, and that people were using the bathroom in public places.
Bubba Seal is a Folly Beach resident and has been to every single Folly Gras, including last years.
"As long as they've had it," Seal said. "Last year was good until later on in the evening. People trashed the place and it got a little crazy."
"We got caught off guard a little bit- everyone involved: the public, the businesses and Folly Beach as a whole," Steve Carroll said. Carroll is the owner of the Washout, a restaurant on Center Street. He also sits on the Folly Gras committee and is a member of the FAB.
This year, organizers make it clear that are a lot of changes are being implemented.
"You have more security, Portolets, recycling bins, more trash pickup. It takes barricades, first aid and a police presence to have a safe, fun event,"Carroll said. He adds that the fun, however, will still be in full force. "Three separate stages, vendors, arts and crafts, a kid's area, and then you have 15 to 16 fine establishments out on Folly Beach. Come out to the beach, enjoy that ocean."
Seal said, despite the chaos of 2017 Folly Gras, he plans to attend this years festival.
"It's just a lot of fun. A lot of bands, a lot of good food, a lot of fun," Seal said.