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Shrimp and Petroleum festival begins final day

Posted: 8:14 AM, Sep 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-03 09:17:32-04

If you haven’t made it out to the 83rd Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival in Morgan City, today is your last chance.

The festival starts back up this morning at 8:00 with a community workout and yoga session.

Local food talents will show off their skills during the Cajun Culinary Classic starting at 11:00 am and this afternoon, festival-goers can enjoy music from Low Down and Driftwood.

The events wrap up around 7:30 pm.

On Sunday, rain canceled some of the events planned for the fourth day of the festival. The iconic boat parade was canceled as heavy rains persisted for most of the morning. The festival’s Blessing of the Fleet went on as normal with King David Patterson and Queen Caylee Deshotel toasting from two boats docked on the Berwick side of the river.

Blessing of the Fleet 83rd Shrimp and Petroleum Festival
83rd Shrimp and Petroleum Festival Queen Caylee Deshotel and King David Patterson during the Blessing of the Fleet courtesy Peter Bello Photography

 

The festival mass and breakfast in the Lawrence Park were moved to different venues and early morning gospel acts were canceled on the main stage.

With a break in the weather around the start of the afternoon, the festival got back into full swing.

Royalty, campaigners, and marching bands made their way through downtown as scheduled at 3:00 pm for the street parade.

Street Parade 83rd Shrimp and Petroleum Festival
King David Patterson and Queen Caylee Deshotel take part in the street parade – 83rd Shrimp and Petroleum Festival courtesy Peter Bello Photography

 

During much of the day, vendors selling various wares opened their booths to crowds under the U.S. 90 Bridge while carnival rides and games continued throughout the evening. Music for the evening wrapped up a day of celebration with a performance by Wayne Toups.

Wayne Toups Shrimp and Petroleum
Wayne Toups performs at the 83rd Shrimp and Petroleum Festival courtesy Peter Bello Photography

 

The festival’s fireworks event lit up the night sky over the Atchafalaya River as festival goers gathered on the city’s seawall and Long-Allen bridge for viewing.

Fireworks over the Atchafalaya
Fireworks over the Atchafalaya 83rd Shrimp and Petroleum Festival courtesy Peter Bello Photography

 

Monday marks the end of the festival with a long list of events and musical acts scheduled for the day.

For more information on the festival and a list of events, click here .

The festival began on Thursday, August 30.