While the rain looked like it might discourage parade attendees and participation, Shrimp Festival delivered a remarkable Parade.
Floats and entrants gathered before 4:00 in the afternoon to set their positions. People wore rain gear and carried umbrellas while delicate floats and equipment were protected under plastic sheeting. The predicted, severe storms never came, and the rains proved to be tolerable as a festive atmosphere grew; turning a grey, damp evening into smiles, music, pirates and a great parade!
Despite the rain, the crowds came out in droves to watch the parade. However, the inclimate weather in Louisville did cause a delay in the delivery of what Team SearchAmelia had originally planned to distribute from our float. At the last minute Han picked up candy and beads from the local market so we could give them to children who held open their bags and upside down ball caps… the only thing missing were the joyful cries of “Trick or Treat.”
“So, what did SearchAmelia have planned?” You are wondering. Well, as one of the sponsors of the Amelia Island Blues Festival, we were going to pass out cards inviting new viewers to come to SearchAmelia for their chance to win a VIP Package for Two to the blues concerts on September 16th and 17th, 2011. You know a spell of bad weather won’t hold us back, so look to the right column on SearchAmelia and click on the Amelia Island Blues Festival image to enter your name into the drawing.
VIP Package Includes:
(2) – VIP Two-day Passes
(2) – Blues Festival T-Shirts
(2) – Personalized Blues Festival coffee mugs
Main Stage Festival seating with private bar service
Meet & Greet with selected performing artists
Signed commemorative poster
Membership Card to the Amelia Island Blues Society
The drawing will be done during the July 14th Blues Jam at Cafe Karibo.
Look for any of us from SearchAmelia during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and ask us for one of those parade cards… because we want YOU to win the VIP Package! We just ask one small favor in return… you don’t have to tell your friends about the contest, but please tell them about SearchAmelia.com!
Here are some highlights from SearchAmelia’s view of the 2011 Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade: