The 77th annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival was a great success over the weekend, according to festival Director Lee Delaune.
Despite Hurricane Isaac hitting the area earlier last week and rains shutting down carnival rides Friday night, the festival has been a great success, he said.
Friday, the festival saw moderate crowds, but the number of festival-goers picked up Saturday, culminating in great Sunday crowds.
“I have always said that Sunday was the best day to go to the festival,” Delaune said. “People come for the Mass Sunday morning, even though it was in Holy Cross Catholic Church instead of the park this year, attend the Blessing of the Fleet and stay all day for the fireworks, which was also awesome.”
Morgan City Police Department Assistant Chief Glenn Blanco reported that as of Saturday at noon, there were no festival arrests reported by his department.
While Delaune said he had “no idea” how many people actually attended the festival over the weekend, he said crowds were great since the festival started Friday, a day late due to the hurricane last Wednesday.
“Once people calmed down from Isaac, the festival was something everyone needed to get out and enjoy themselves,” he said.
As for specific aspects of the festival, he said venders he spoke to in the park reported they had very good weekends, and there were also no problems with the bands.
“I am in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly in the park area, and everything has been great,” he said. “There have been no problems and we are looking forward to getting Monday kicked off with the first band today at 11:30 a.m.”