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Bob Grip floats toward retirement in the Dauphin Island People's Parade

FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip rides in Dauphin Island People's Parade. (FOX10 News) FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip rides in Dauphin Island People's Parade. (FOX10 News)
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MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Hundreds of revelers lined the streets of Dauphin Island Saturday afternoon, for the second annual People's Parade, but it was FOX10 news anchor Bob Grip who seemed to be a crowd favorite. 

"Bob Grip is Mobile. Every time you turn on the TV, that's who you look to," Mobile resident, Tammy Harrison said.

"Who would not know Bob Grip and know the news? I mean he is just the news," Mobile resident, Veronica Hudson added.

After word broke of Bob Grip's retirement on Monday, folks at the People's Parade on Dauphin Island had a chance to send their well wishes. 

Grip has begun his final year as anchor at FOX10 News, and we plan to celebrate his career and his contributions all year long.

Some thanked the nearly 34-year FOX10 anchor for his work within the south Alabama community and others begged him not to leave. 

"It brings comfort level to you whenever you sit down with your family he's part of it so it's kind of like a little piece of family leaving," said Mike Green, a resident of Hurley.

It was through his last Mardi Gras parade ride as a FOX10 anchor, that Grip had a chance to return the love to a community he's been a part of for more than three decades.

"A lot of people are surprised," Grip said. "They kind of do a double take and then they realize 'It's it's really him,' and then they go crazy and wave their arms up and down and hold umbrellas upside down to try to catch stuff. It's nice to be able to connect to the folks that you really don't have a chance to see when you're doing the news but you get to see them react to it, so it's perfect.". 

Whether it was throwing beads, waving or high-fiving some of his biggest fans, Grip says celebrating Mardi Gras with the south Alabama community will always hold a special place in his heart. 

"Everybody is in a good mood during Mardi Gras no matter what is happened in the world everybody seems to really get up for Mardi Gras and that's the fun part. Everybody's in a good. Well i hope that occasionally i might be invited back on a float who knows I'll be but I'll be on the sidelines waving to folks anyway," Grip said.

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