Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade Marches Through Fernandina Every Spring

One of many giant shrimp that made its way down Centre Street in the Shrimp Fest Parade last year.

One of many giant shrimp that made its way down Centre Street in the Shrimp Fest Parade last year.

It’s incredible how many ways people can dress themselves up as giant shrimp.

I marvel at this every year at the Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade, a longtime tradition that the whole town — and many out of towners — turn out to watch. The only costumes to rival the shrimp are the many, many little pirates that watch the parade. My own little ones got in the spirit last year, wearing eye patches and pirate hats.

In 2013, the parade was separate from Shrimp Festival weekend, which was a first. In previous years, the parade always kicked off festival weekend on a Thursday night. In 2013, it was held on a Saturday morning the weekend before the Festival.

Here are some photos from the 2012 parade:

You can bring the kids out to watch the parade in downtown Fernandina… make sure you arrive early, so there will be plenty of time to find parking.

Tip: If you want to get your kids in on the pirate dress-up fun, we found great pirate gear last year while shopping in downtown Fernandina Beach. Corner-Copia, 210 Centre Street, is where we found our “booty.”

You're bound to see some pint-sized pirates at our pirate parade!

You’re bound to see some pint-sized pirates at Fernandina’s pirate parade!

If you want to go

Date TBA: Check back here, or visit the official Shrimp Fest events website at shrimpfestival.com.

The Parade Route is as follows:

The parade staging area is Central Park at Atlantic Avenue and 11th Street in Fernandina Beach. The parade officially begins at the intersection of Ash St. and 11th St., travels West to Front St., north to Centre St., and East on Centre St. The parade ends at Atlantic and 11th, where it began.

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