Celebrating the Delcambre Shrimp Festival Aug. 19-21, 2016
By: Brittany Racca
Did You Know?
1. Shrimpers: Coastal Louisiana has two types of shrimpers; those who shrimp with the smaller vessels in the inland bays and shallow water zones and those with larger vessels who shrimp offshore in federal waters.
The inland fishermen operate during seasons regulated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Often, their crews are family members, and the shrimping trip may last for one to several days. Larger vessels, sometimes also operated as family ventures, are outfitted to pursue offshore shrimp for extended periods of time and are able to work year round.
Bayou Carlin Cove was visited by Miss USA royalty in June 2015 while the pageant was being held in Baton Rouge!
2. Otter Trawls: Otter trawls are nets which have otter boards fastened to the sides. When in motion under water, the boards pull away from each other resulting in the net opening up in a horizontal direction. It’s how the shrimpers get their catch of the day.
3. Shrimp Seasons:
- Inshore waters: These are open when sufficient numbers of market-sized shrimp are available for harvest. The spring/brown shrimp season generally runs May to July. The opening and closing dates may often be staggered as shrimp recruitment, growth and emigration patterns differ among basins. The fall/white shrimp season is generally open mid-August to mid-December. There are some waters which may remain open into January.
- Coastal and nearshore waters: This type of shrimping occurs year-round, except from mid or late December to April or May in certain areas to protect small white shrimp and allow them to grow to market size.
- Federal waters off Louisiana: This shrimping also occurs year-round
Delcambre Shrimp Festival History:
Delcambre is home to one of the best five-day festivals in South Louisiana. The Delcambre Shrimp festival has gained its popularity by providing a variety of delicious dishes and top notch entertainment including national recording artists.
Enjoy signature shrimp dishes like boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, shrimp sauce piquante, shrimp salad and many more. Each and every shrimp dish consumed at the festival is prepared by volunteer members of the festival association. If you're not in the mood for shrimp, vendors also offer a variety of other "festival" foods, cold beer, cold drinks and water.
The fun kicks off Aug. 17 and 18 with family night at the street fair at 6:30 p.m. and music by DJ Homer Stelly at 7 p.m. Everyone rides for one price!
Then, on Friday, get your Cajun two-step on at the fais-do-do before the all-day fais-do-do on Saturday, Aug. 20. The shrimp cook-off and firemen water fights are just a prequel to the real star of the night, national recording artist Mark Chesnutt!
Join the locals for a fisherman's mass followed by a blessing of the fleet on Sunday. The festival ends at 4 p.m. this day.
For the complete schedule of events, visit ShrimpFestival.net