Amelia Island Shrimp Festival

One of the most famous quotes from the popular film Forrest Gump is about shrimp, and the many different ways to enjoy it. And if you have a love of shrimp, you need to make plans to attend the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on Florida’s Amelia Island.

Amelia Island is a quaint island off the northeastern coast of Florida. During its 4,000 year history, it has been under the rule of eight different flags-which makes it unique from any other area in the United States.

Both pirates and shrimping play a large role in this region’s history. Thus, it is an appropriate home to a shrimp festival.

The festival takes place annually during the first weekend of May. The 2010 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is scheduled to start on April 30 and end on May 2. Of course, you would not want to miss the Pirate Parade, which will take place on the 29th of April.

For those who are unfamiliar with this fun event, below is a guide to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, which has taken place each spring for over 45 years.

* The food

A big draw to any festival is the food. In the case of Isle of Eight Flags, though, food takes center stage.

Shrimp lovers will be in absolute heaven as they peruse the many food booths offering shrimp prepared in all kinds of ways. They will discover new ways to enjoy the delicacy of shrimp and enjoy a full weekend of feasting on this delicious shellfish.

Interestingly, no commercial vendors can participate in the food booths for this event. Instead, each food booth is run by a local non-profit group.

* The arts

One of the second things you probably think about when attending a festival is the arts: music, paintings and hand-crafted jewelry. Isle of Eight Flags does not disappoint.

You will be able to enjoy browsing through booths that feature art from local and regional talent. One neat aspect of this festival is that you can also shop for antiques, which adds a charming touch.

* Pirate Parade

The Pirate Parade kicks off the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, and it is certainly one of the most popular events for adults and children alike. Your children will squeal with delight as the floats go by.

Each year, there is a theme for the parade. The event really sets the tone for the festival, and there are pirates aplenty.

* Stages

There are several stages at the event, with each featuring various contests or live entertainment. Hugely popular are the pirate contests, with separate ones for adults and for children.

There is a special stage just for kids, and it features all kinds of family-friendly entertainment. Live music drifts through the air, adding even more liveliness to the event.

If you are looking for a great time in an old area of Florida, make plans to attend next year’s Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. You and your family are sure to have a memorable time.