Shrimp Festival April 29th – May 1st

Jacksonville / St Mary’s KOA Summary: “The Shrimp festival has gotten really huge. It has plenty of crafts, and food. The live music leans more towards Beach Music and Jazz. The pirate parade is also a lot of fun for the kids.”

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In Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida, the Isle of 8 Flags Shrimp Festival is an annual tradition, always held the first weekend in May each year. This huge festival attracts over 100,000 people to Amelia Island, Florida over the weekend (watch Shrimp Festival video below). The dates in 2011 are Friday evening April 29th, April 30th, and May 1st, 2011 (the Pirate Parade is Thursday evening, April 28th, 2011 on Centre Street).

Fernandina Beach is the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry in the United States. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival was first held in 1963 to celebrate the traditional blessing of the shrimp fleet.

Here’s how seasoned Shrimp Fest celebrants (many of the Fernandina folk) approach this fun, festive weekend on Amelia Island…There are three phases of visiting the Shrimp Festival each year to experience everything. Phase one — the Thursday night parade at 6 pm on historic Centre Street; phase two — the Friday night fireworks; phase three – the weekend festivities (browsing the wonderful art booths, the Kids zone, enjoying the live entertainment at the riverfront stage, and getting a bite to eat).

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