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Aug 30, 2013 7:16 PM by Chris Welty

Shrimp & Petroleum Festival Underway

One of the state's oldest festivals is underway in Morgan City.

The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival kicked off last night and will continue through the Labor Day weekend.

For the first time in years, festival goers only have to worry about overeating and getting a sunburn. The last four to five years, tropical weather in the Gulf has threatened their fun.

This is Darron Kennedy and his family's second time at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. They're from Mobile, Alabama and hope their stand sees a rush.

"It was a little bit of a challenge, but it wasn't that bad. This year, we found out we'd have some great pretty weather and we were all for it," said Kennedy.

Morgan City Mayor Frank Grizzaffi says, "We got blessed with a lot of dryness and it will create the atmosphere we need for a safe, vibrant weekend. I think we'll have crowds from far and wide."

This year, more than 75-thousand people are expected to take in the savory food, fun and music. Organizers expect the festival to bring in more than 11-million dollars.

"The way the board works, what we make this festival, we'll spend next year. Weather like this is good this year, but also for future festivals," said Grizzaffi.

One festival veteran says Morgan City is the only place to be this weekend.

"It's not raining, it's not that hot and this is Louisiana people and Louisiana fun. Not the tourist kind, the legit kind," said Ellen Martin.

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Chris Welty



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