In Honor of the Shrimpers Who Put Fernandina Beach on the Map

crowds at the annual shrimp festivalIn Honor of the shrimpers who put Fernandina Beach on the map more than a hundred years ago, the community and city organize the the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. On Thursday May 4th, the Fernandina Beach Pirate’s Parade kicks off the festival festivities with an exciting 100 plus entries in the Parade.

Who doesn’t love a parade? For over 50 years Fernandina Beach, located in coastal northeast Florida on beautiful Amelia Island, has honored its notoriety as the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry in America. On Thursday evening May 4th, locals and visitors will enjoy the kickoff crowd-pleasing parade which signifies that the grand celebration, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, is about to begin. The Festival fun starts May 5th and continues through May 7th.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, originally called “The Shrimp Boat Festival,” stopped showcasing the Shrimp boat races several years ago, but the original “Blessing Of The Fleet” tradition remains one of the opening events at the downtown Amelia River waterfront. Although the historic Shrimp boat races are a bygone cherished memory, the Festival continues to remember and honor Annie and Charles Jones, who are proclaimed to be the principal founders back in 1963. Over a half century later, the family-friendly event brings locals and visitors to historic downtown Fernandina Beach over and over again.

It’s addicting! There is something for everyone, as evidenced in recent years by the 125,000 Shrimp Festival visitors. The huge event is made possible by hundreds of local volunteers and professional entities who plan and work countless hours all year long to make it happen. Over five decades The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival has grown to become one of two high attendance annual events in Amelia Island, Florida, the other one being the Concours d”Elégance Car Show.

Some Downtown Historic Impressions:

What’s not to love?

Shrimp Boat Races

• Honor the history of the American Shrimping Industry.
• Support Local Non Profits Discover the beauty of downtown Fernandina Beach shops
• Enjoy the family-friendly environment and Kid Zones.
• Live music. Dance-to-the-beat-in-the-street.
• Support the Arts and Crafts industries.
• Enjoy a variety of food and drinks.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival welcomes you!