DESTIN — Red flag warnings couldn't keep people from the beach Sunday morning.

To celebrate Easter and remember its meaning, hundreds visited Henderson Beach State Park at sunrise for Destin United Methodist Church's Beach Worship.

Lead Pastor Barry Carpenter said they've hosted the waterfront service for about three decades, but decided back in 2012 to kick things off at the crack of dawn.

"We're here because of the great fact of history that Jesus Christ conquered death, and promises us that we can as well," Carpenter said. "It's a celebration based on that fact and also coming together as believers in one spot at one of the most beautiful places in the world."

He compared the gathering to a spiritual pilgrimage, rather than a tourist attraction. Multiple sunrise beach services were held along the Emerald Coast.

Others in attendance included Youth Pastor Nathan Sell, who said Beach Worship was a perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of the Emerald Coast.

"It's awesome just to be able to take in God's creation and God's glory in full effect, especially on Easter," Sell said.