Cajun Coast Offers Shuttle Service for 81st Shrimp & Petroleum Festival

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Carrie Stansbury

(985) 380-8224 or (800) 256-2931

                                                                                                                            

 

Shuttle Service Makes Access to the 81st Annual Shrimp and Petroleum Festival Easy

                MORGAN CITY, LA — Access the 81st annual Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival safely and easily this Labor Day weekend by riding the shuttle service Friday and Saturday.

The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau is sponsoring a shuttle service from various hotels in Morgan City and Lake End Park as well as a general public pickup location to the festival grounds. The cost is $5 per passenger. Shuttles will run continuously Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight.

            Public pickups to the festival will be at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Morgan City. Public parking at Clarion must sign a liability waiver.

            Additionally, shuttles will be available for those staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Best Western Morgan City, Lake End Park, Red Roof Inn, Twin City Motel, Comfort Inn & Suites, LaQuinta Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Sleep Inn, and Clarion Hotel and Conference Center can access the shuttle service as well.

            Pick-up sites for hotel guests will be:

            —Clarion Inn & Suites parking lot.

            —Holiday Inn Express parking lot for Holiday Inn Express/La Quinta and Comfort Inn.

            —Red Roof Inn parking lot behind restaurant for Red Roof Inn and Twin City Motel.

           —Sleep Inn parking lot. (Sleep Inn will have designated pick up times:  Friday, 5 pm, returning 11 pm, Saturday, 11 am, 3pm, 7 pm & 11 pm.  For groups of 10 or more, call the Shuttle Hotline.)

           —Hampton Inn & Suites parking lot.

           —Lake End Park & Campground, near the office.

           —Best Western in MC, Willard Street side.

            The drop off location on the festival grounds at Second and Everett streets (the parking lot behind Morgan City Public Library).

            Color-coded bracelets to ride the bus are $5 and are good all day. They are required for everyone over one-year-old due to limited seating.

            There are several options available to purchase a ticket:

         —A representative of the Cajun Coast will sell bracelets on Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lots of Clarion Inn & Suites; Holiday Inn Express – for Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn and LaQuinta; Red Roof Inn – for Red Roof Inn and Twin City Motel; Hampton Inn; Best Western Morgan City; Lake End Park; and Sleep Inn.

         —A representative of the Cajun Coast will sell bracelets on Saturday, 9 a.m. to  noon in the parking lots of Clarion Inn & Suites; Holiday Inn Express – for Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn and LaQuinta; Red Roof Inn – for Red Roof Inn and Twin City Motel; Hampton Inn; Best Western Morgan City; Lake End Park; and Sleep Inn.

          —Bracelets will be sold on the shuttle on Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

        —Bracelets will also be sold at the information booth on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. located in Lawrence Park, near Second and Freret streets.

         —Bracelets will be sold at the Cajun Coast Welcome Center, 900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Morgan City, Wednesday, August 31, 2016 to Friday, Sept. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

        Only cash will be accepted. Please no bills over $20.

        Shuttles will take a minimum of 45 minutes to get to the festival and return.

      Please note that shuttle drivers have the authority to remove anyone from the coach and have the right to refuse service to anyone being disobedient or unruly. For any problems, questions or concerns about the shuttle, including route or current location, call the shuttle hotline at 985-518-3974.

      Louisiana’s oldest chartered harvest festival is scheduled to celebrate 81 years of tradition and family fun Labor Day Weekend, September 1-5, 2016.

      The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival will be held in Morgan City, only 90 miles from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Most festivities are held within the Downtown Historic District and are free to the general public. Great food, continuous free live music and children’s activities as well as both traditional and new events will highlight this five-day extravaganza. 

     The festival began in 1936 when the placid port of Morgan City and Berwick received the first boatload of jumbo shrimp, fresh from the deepest Gulf waters and has grown to become one of the state’s premiere festivals.

      For all the latest information including full music lineup, brochure, press release, special hotel rates and more, visit the Shrimp & Petroleum Festival page.

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