"Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet" Morgan City Things to Do Tip by grandmaR

Morgan City Things to Do: 7 reviews and 25 photos

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      Decorated barge goes under the bridge
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In 1960, we came over to Morgan City on a Sunday for the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet. It was the 23rd Blessing of the Fleet that they had in Morgan City. Back then, they had the decorated boats motoring up and down in the river in front of the city docks. I went up on the bridge and walked half way out to take photos. In the early days of shrimping, "You could have gone boat to boat to boat and walked all the way to the railroad bridge," according to an old resident.

It is now the the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival and it celebrated its 75th year as a Harvest Festival in 2010 In 2010, they also celebrated the 150 year anniversary of Morgan City. The fest's schedule of events includes parades, live music, fireworks, glitzy balls and a swim relay meet. Among the food and crafts booths that overtake Lawrence Park and Greenwood Street you will find an encyclopedic survey of coastal Louisiana shrimp cookery: shrimp etouffee, shrimp po-boys, shrimp on a stick, shrimp patties, shrimp fettuccine, bacon-wrapped shrimp.

This is a September event

Address: in the Downtown Historic District
Directions: From Lafayette take Hwy 90 East. Take the Federal Avenue exit from the Atchafalaya River Bridge into Morgan City. Turn Right at end of off ramp, this will lead you to the Festival Grounds.
Phone: 985-385-0703
Website: http://www.shrimp-petrofest.org/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 6, 2012
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