Boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, shrimp gumbo, shrimp po-boys, stuffed shrimp, shrimp sauce piquante...and that’s just the start. The Delcambre Shrimp Festival celebrates all things shrimp, and for good reason – the town of Delcambre, located about 20 miles southwest of Lafayette, is home to one of Louisiana’s most productive shrimp fleets. And the shrimping industry is critical to the local economy.
Each August, Delcambre residents and shrimp aficionados from near and far gather for the annual salute to their beloved crustacean – and this is no small celebration. The festival stretches five days, though it’s only in full force Friday through Sunday, with a full slate of food, music, dancing, games and carnival rides, along with pageants, fais-do-dos, a popular shrimp cook-off, the annual blessing of the shrimp boat fleet and much more.
Wednesday and Thursday are Family Nights – pay one price for unlimited access to all rides. On Friday night, the street fair opens and the fest gets going in full swing, along with all food booths and concessions. One favorite is Shrimp and Grits, made with TABASCO® Sauce. A fais-do-do, or Cajun dance party, starts up in the evening with live music provided by local musicians. An all-day Fais-Do-Do usually begins early on Saturday, and events later in the day include the shrimp cook-off, a poker run and the crowning of the Shrimp Festival Queen.
Sunday is the final day of the festival and begins with the traditional Fisherman’s Mass at the Shrimp Festival Building, followed by the traditional blessing of the fleet. A centuries-old tradition originating in the largely Catholic fishing communities of southern Europe, the blessing of the fleet is intended to ensure a safe and bountiful season for local fishermen. The street fair, with concessions, food booths and fais-do-do, continues on Sunday until the festival closes in the afternoon.
For more information, visit www.shrimpfestival.net.