Shrimp and Petroleum Festival 2017

Shrimp & Petroleum Festival on the Cajun Coast

82nd Annual Shrimp and Petroleum Festival Slated for Labor Day Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Darby Ratcliff - Festival Director (985) 385-0703

MORGAN CITY, LA — Louisiana’s oldest chartered harvest festival is scheduled to celebrate 82 years of tradition and family fun this upcoming Labor Day Weekend, August 31-September 4, 2017. 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 54th Labor Day Art Show & Sale will start on Thursday, August 31st and continue through Saturday, September 23, 2017 in the downtown Everett Street Gallery. Hours to view the exhibit during the festival are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Thursday, August 31st, is the official ribbon cutting will open the festival at 5 p.m. on Second Street under the U.S. 90 bridge. Also, on Thursday, Mitchell Brothers Carnival rides and games will begin at 5 p.m. and continue through Monday at 9 p.m. Bracelets will be offered Thursday, August 31st from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday, September 4 from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bracelets are $25 each.

Indulge your taste buds and satisfy your appetite at the 29th Annual Cajun Culinary Classic, a showcase of local “home style” cooking featuring delicious Cajun and Creole dishes as well as a variety of desserts and other cuisines. The Cajun Culinary Classic is open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and noon to 9 p.m. Monday. Local non-profit groups and civic organizations benefit from the proceeds.

The 40th Arts & Crafts Show & Sale will open Friday, September 1 at 5 p.m. under the U.S. 90 bridge and continue through Monday, Sept. 4 at 9 pm. The event features over 150 artists and crafters from south Louisiana with unique merchandise and artistic masterpieces for sale.

Children’s Day activities will begin with children’s field and game events Saturday, September 2 at 9 am. Children of all ages can participate in sack races, three-legged races and more. The Children’s Day Mini Street Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. Decorated bicycles, wagons, strollers and four wheelers are welcome to participate.

The Children’s Day King and Queen will officially open the Children’s Village with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, September 2 at 1 p.m. The Children’s Village is a play land featuring games, prizes, face-painting and more. The Children’s Village will be open Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Downtown comes alive with continuous free live music performed at the Heritage Music Stage. The festival will feature bright, upcoming artists from the area, as well as hometown legends.

The music line for 2017 includes:
—Friday, September 1, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Kyle Wilson; 9:00-11:00 p.m. Krossfyre
—Saturday, September 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m. TK Hulin; 4:00-6:00 p.m. Ross Grisham Band; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Travis Thibodaux; 9:00-11:00 p.m. Category 6
—Sunday, September 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Waylon Thibodeaux; 4:00-6:00 p.m. Snapper and the Fishsticks; 6:30-8:45 p.m. Jaryd Lane; 9:30-11:00 p.m. After 8
—Monday, September 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m. KQKI Country Showdown Winner; 2:00-3:00 p.m. Jus Cuz; 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cliff Hillebran; 5:00-6:00 p.m. South 70; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Deja Vu

There will be many special events throughout the weekend. Cypress Corvette Club Open Car Show will take place on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at M.D. Shannon Elementary. A 5K Fun Run/Walk will begin 8 a.m. on Saturday. The Gospel Stage also will open Saturday at M.D. Shannon Elementary, 409 Brashear Avenue, at 3 p.m. and again on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Traditional activities on Sunday will take place starting with the Mass in the Park. The community will give thanks for its blessings at the Mass in the Park at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, September 3. It will be celebrated under the oaks in Lawrence Park and is open to the public.

The Historic Blessing of the Fleet will begin at 10 a.m. on the Atchafalaya River from the Morgan City docks and is followed by the water parade featuring decorated shrimp boats, pleasure crafts, offshore supply boats and some of the biggest “muscle” boats of the offshore industry including supply boats, crew boats and tugboats. A Certificate of Blessing and a prayer card of St. Brendan the Navigator, patron Saint of Seafarers will be presented to each participant.

The Street Parade will begin at the corner of Second and Onstead streets at 3 p.m. featuring past and present royalty along with this year’s maids and their pages and visiting queens from various festivals throughout the state. Fireworks on the River will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday evening. Grab a spot in Lawrence Park, on top the seawall or on the La. 182 bridge and enjoy the fireworks spectacular. Tune your radio to 95.3 KQKI to listen to the synchronized music.

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. The festival became the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival in 1967, when the oil industry was firmly implanted into the local economy.

The festival has grown to become one of the state’s premiere festivals. The festival was voted Festival of the Year in Division III for the past 10 years by the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals, a top 100 American Bus Association event and a top 20 Southeast Tourism Society event. In July of 1991 Time magazine described the festival as “...the best, the most unusual, the most down-home, the most moving and the most fun that the country has to offer.”

Festival organizers invite you to bring your family to Morgan City for Labor Day weekend to enjoy 82 years of tradition and family fun. For more information, contact the festival office at (985) 385-0703, or visit the festival’s web site at www.shrimpandpetroleum.org. For a festival schedule, contact the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau at (800) 256-2931 or the festival office at the above number.

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