A Letter to the Community
Harry Harrison, Chairman
January 27, 2021

It is with deep regret to inform you that we are cancelling the 2021 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, including the parade. Due to the current times and unknown future effects of COVID-19, the Executive Board has, with heavy heart, made this decision. Below is the official letter from the Board of Directors.

“The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Committee has voted to cancel the 2021 festival & parade scheduled for April 29th – May 2nd due to the current status of the Coronavirus and vaccines. This was a difficult decision, for the Executive Board and Committee Directors, to cancel the Shrimp Festival for a 2nd year, but we have to take into account the health & safety of all of our volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and of course, the general public.

But don’t despair! The Shrimp Festival Committee is hoping to host a ‘Falling for Shrimp’ weekend on Saturday & Sunday, October 2-3rd, 2021.

Although this won’t be the normal Shrimp Festival, it will have numerous aspects you have grown to love and look forward to each year. There won’t be a parade or Kids Fun Zone at this event, and the footprint downtown will be smaller, but we will still have lots of shrimp to eat & enjoy! Keep checking our website and Facebook page for updates.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and Home of the Modern Shrimping Industry look forward to seeing everyone again in 2022 – ‘always the first weekend in May’!”