The Pirate Parade is the kick-off to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. The parade begins promptly at 6:00 pm to take advantage of the local Jacksonville television news coverage, such as First Coast News on channels 25, WJXX and 12, WTLV.

This parade is so long, it actually wraps around the entire Historic District. The beginning parade participants are unloading their equipment before several entries have left the staging field. Desiree, the parade chair, does a fabulous job directing this event. Some say this is the best part of the entire festival weekend.

If you haven’t already made plans to come, please schedule your arrival 30 minutes earlier than you are currently thinking… the traffic to the Island backs up into Yulee if you wait too long!