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Aug 15, 2014 11:42 PM by Alex Labat

Delcambre's "Shrimpy" Festival Draws Big Numbers After 64 Years

The Delcambre Shrimp Festival is entering its 64th year, and it's surely showing no signs of stopping. The festival was started back in 1950 as a way to raise money for the Delcambre Fire Department. Since then, the center of the shrimping industry has seen the festival grow tremendously. Many think it's partly because of the "Blessing of the Fleet", which started back in 1953. But many say there's a reason the "shrimpy" festival draws big crowds.
Shrimp as far as the eye can see. For seafood lovers, Delcambre is a haven for the food so vital to our state. But, some say the celebrations weren't always so grand in scale.
"I can remember when we first started, it was out in an open field. We use to barbeque. I barbequed beef poboys with my daddy. And it just kept growing and growing and growing," says longtime festival volunteer Huey Hebert.
Now, the party draws in people as far away as New Zealand, which means more money (and more help) for the locals.
"Now, we give back to our community. Organizations such as the schools and the programs within the schools. And programs outside of the schools such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Things like that," says Shrimp Festival Association Member Jason Migues.
The festival made more money by Friday than the entirety of last year, and it's all thanks to one thing. You just can't get Louisiana shrimp anywhere else, and if you do, you're missing out.
"There's nothing like fresh shrimp. And you can go and get imported shrimp or whatnot. But fresh shrimp is the ultimate thing. And to be able to provide that for our community as well as the surrounding communities in the state of Louisiana is truly tremendous," says Migues.
"That's why we all come here, to let everybody see what we do for a living. That's why we come park over here, because we want everybody to come see us and our boat. Painted all up and decorated for everybody. To have a good time," says shrimp boat first mate Albert "Bebe" Domangue.

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