Applications are now being accepting for the annual Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade to be held Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. on Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. Make plans now to participate in this fun and exciting event! Deadline for entry is Friday, April 17, 2009.

The theme for the parade is “Home Grown Shrimp – The Pick of the Litter”. The 8 Flags should be historically accurate. To view footage from last year’s Pirate Parade, go to and click on Pirate Parade under the Activities & Schedules index.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries in the following categories:

    Commercial or Commercially Sponsored Non-Profit
    Non-Profit or Civic Organization
    Walking, Performing Unit or Vintage/Unique Vehicle

Plus… *****Special Award*****… Best Special Effects

All participants must pre-register by Friday, April 17, 2009. Parade Application packets are available online or they can be picked at the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 Centre Street (Depot), Fernandina Beach, FL. Registered entrants will be notified of the time and place for the parade-staging meeting.

If you have any questions, please call Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade Chairman Desiree Dinkel at (904) 261-7562. Please leave a message.