DELCAMBRE, LA- Boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, shrimp sauce piquante, you name it! The city of Delcambre will hold its 63rd annual Shrimp Festival from August 14-18, 2013, on the grounds of the Delcambre Shrimp Festival Building off Highway 14.
Located about 20 miles southwest of Lafayette, the town devotes an entire weekend to honor the shrimp industry, its economic lifeblood. Events include a shrimp cook-off, boat parade, queen pageants, water fights, live music and fais-do-do's, arts and crafts booths, carnival rides and the blessing of the shrimp boat fleet.
"Always the third full weekend in August, the Delcambre Shrimp Festival is all about trendy crafts, excellent music, impressive food, great friends, and a fantastic time!," said event planner Tammy Trim.
Wednesday, Aug. 14 --- The concessions open at 6:30 p.m. and the festivities kick off with "family night" at the street fair from 6:30-10 p.m. Ride all carnival rides for one price and dance with DJ Homer Stelly starting at 7 p.m. Free admission.
Thursday, Aug. 15 --- The concessions open at 6:30 p.m. and "family night" resumes from 6:30-10 p.m. with entertainment by DJ Homer Stelly. No gate fee.
Friday, Aug. 16 --- Starting at 6:30 p.m., enjoy the concessions, street fair and fais-do-do with music by Beau Young, Gene Watson and Wayne Toups. $5 admission (free for children under 12).
Saturday, Aug. 17 --- The shrimp cook-off starts at 9 a.m. Concessions and street fair open at 11 a.m. Chef Patrick Mould will offer cooking demonstrations from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with local Vermilion Bay Sweet shrimp, which will be available for sale. Ride all rides for one price from noon-3 p.m. Let national recording artist Joe Diffie, DJ Homer Stelly and local bands Geno Delafose, Krossfyre and Mike Dean entertain you at the all-day fais-do-do starting at 7 a.m. $10 gate fee (free for children under 12).
Sunday, Aug. 18 --- Attend the 10 a.m. Fisherman's Mass at the Shrimp Festival Building, followed by the traditional "Blessing of the Fleet" and boat parade. The concessions and street fair open at 11 a.m. Ride all rides for one price from noon-4 p.m. LA Express with Tommy McLain & Johnnie Allan start playing at noon. All concessions close at 4 p.m. Free admission.
For more information on this event, visit shrimpfestival.net, facebook.com/DelcambreShrimpFestival or call (337) 685-2653.