Fernandina has one of the best and biggest shrimp festivals on the coast. This year it’s the 48th Anniversary for the popular Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. This year the festival is scheduled for May 4 – May 6, 2012. Fernandina Shrimp Festival is traditionally held the first weekend in May in the Historic downtown Centre Street business district in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida.
The party kicks off already on Thursday, May 3, 2012, with an exciting Pirate Parade at 6 p.m. You’ll get to see all kinds of creations in this unique parade – from pirate ships to gigantic shrimp. The theme for the 2012 Pirate Parade “Shrimping through the years”, and I can’t wait to see what interesting floats are going this year.
Here is our video from the parade
Then on Friday, May 4, 2012, it’s time for the opening ceremony of the festival and the actual invasion of the pirates Friday night. The food court opens on Friday during the day, then the opening ceremony starts around 6.30 p.m. The invasion of the pirates takes place at the riverfront at 9.30 pm and many of the locals consider this to be the most important event of the festival.
Isle of Eight Shrimp Festival – Amelia Island
Then on both Saturday and Sunday you can enjoy delicious shrimp. There’s lots and lots of delicious local shrimp available at the waterfront. There’s also a fine arts & crafts show, antique and collectible show, live marine sea circus and shrimp aquarium display, kids zone, live entertainment and much much more.
There’s also a bunch of contests; Best Decorated Boat, Best Little Pirate, Best Beard, Putt-Putt tournament, Miss Shrimp Festival pageant, and my personal favorite, the only one I possibly have a fighting chance to win – the ice cream eating contest.
Plan for lots of people, lots of fun, lots of fun and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Parking is not really a problem, just use the shuttle service. For more information about parking, click here.
For more information and the complete schedule, visit www.shrimpfestival.com