The 82nd Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival is officially underway as festival royalty, board members, staff and local officials cut the ribbon to open the festivities on Thursday afternoon.
Due to logistical changes, there are some slight modifications to this year’s festival in regards to parking and traffic flow due to muddy conditions in Lawrence Park.
The Mass scheduled to be held in Lawrence Park on Sunday will be relocated to Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Music Stage will be positioned in the street at the corner of Second Street and Everett Street and there will be “NO PARKING” allowed around Lawrence Park.
The Shrimp & Petroleum Festival Parade scheduled for Sunday, September 3rd at 3:00 pm will follow the same route as planned with one change. The parade will turn left from Second Street onto Freret Street to its final location. The Morgan City Police Department will be closing the Federal Avenue exit for a short period of time. All traffic will be directed to the LA 182 exit.
Other changes to changes to remember this weekend as announced by the Morgan City Police Department:
There will be no traffic flow in either direction on Everett Street from Third Street to Alabama Alley.
There will be no traffic flow in either direction on Second Street from Railroad Avenue to Brashear Avenue.
There will be no traffic flow on Third Street from Freret Street to Everett Street. Only residents living in that area and vendors will be allowed on Third Street.
There will be no traffic flow on Greenwood Street from Third Street to Front Street.
There will be no traffic flow on the unprotected side of Front Street from Brashear Avenue to Railroad Avenue. Only pedestrian traffic will be allowed in this area.
In a statement, the Morgan City Police Department said, “We want to remind everyone attending the festivities at the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival to pay attention to certain areas around the festival grounds. Many of these areas are “NO ON STREET PARKING” during certain times. These are tow away zones and violators will be ticketed. Please do not block any drive ways, alley ways, or streets. “We want everyone to have an enjoyable time at the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival. Please act responsibly and don’t Drink and Drive.”
As always, KQKI 95.3 FM will play a major role in the this year’s festival and will broadcast live throughout the weekend.
KQKI will air the Blessing of the Fleet and Boat Parade on Sunday, September 3rd from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. And for the 13th consecutive year, KQKI will be the exclusive radio station to air the music that will be synchronized to the fireworks on Sunday night at 9 p.m.
On Labor Day, several local bands will be featured on the sound stage including our own KQKI Country Showdown winner, Mamie Winters, who will perform on Monday, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.
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