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Morgan City’s Shrimp & Petroleum Festival Celebrates Regional Industries

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Every year, the small community of Morgan City celebrates two of the industries that have shaped the city’s culture and economy. Held on Labor Day weekend, the Shrimp & Petroleum Festival is one of the oldest chartered harvest festivals in Louisiana. The celebration includes food, music, arts and crafts.

Some 150,000 people pack the streets adjacent to the Atchafalaya River to enjoy the lineup of music featuring rock and roll, Louisiana Zydeco and country music. Shrimp & Petroleum Festival goers dance in the streets and enjoy food, including:

  • Gumbo
  • Jambalaya
  • Pasta Dishes
  • Shrimp Entrees

Carnival rides and a parade make the festivities complete.

The Blessing of the Fleet is a final tradition. Boats from small skiffs to massive offshore oil service vessels cruise in front of the seawalls on Front Street to the delight of spectators and blessings from local clergy. 

Photo Credit: Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival