Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival
The 30th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival presented by East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! The festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry, offering a boat parade, live music, craft show and lots of free activities with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop!
#justask where your seafood came from before you buy! Support local and wild caught to support your fishermen!
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Participants are treated to a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/fishing fleet, savory seafood samplings sold by some of Mount Pleasant’s best restaurants, live music, a craft show, Mount Pleasant Artists Guild art exhibition, Shag and shrimp-eating contests, and family-friendly activities. Admission and activities are free!
FREE Parking & Shuttles
Two shuttle bus routes will be available offering plenty of convenient and easy offsite parking (buses will have plenty of room for loading up all your festival supplies). Park and ride from the following locations:
- East Cooper Medical Center, Mullis Building
851 Leonard Fulgham Boulevard (Handicapped accessible bus stops at ECMC only)
- James B. Edwards Elementary School
855 Von Kolnitz Road
- Moultrie Middle School/Farmers Market Pavilion
645 Coleman Boulevard
- Cheryll Woods-Flowers Sports Complex
85 Patriots Point Boulevard
963 Houston Northcutt (CARTA Route 40 has a stop near this shuttle location)
LIMITED parking is available at Memorial Waterfront Park. For easiest access, park & ride!
Continuing the tradition begun by the Magwood family who started the festival in 1988, every year the proceeds from the festival have been donated to local nonprofit organizations. The 2016 beneficiaries were Camp Rise Above and Carolina Children’s Charity. Past beneficiaries include such worthy causes as East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Charleston Port & Seafarers’ Society, East Cooper Community Outreach, Louie’s Kids, and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation/SC Coastal Conservation Association.
Stroll through the Craft Show and enjoy a variety of hand-made arts and crafts. You’re sure to find plenty of unique Lowcountry creations that make great gifts for yourself or your loved ones!
Restaurants & Food Vendors
Only restaurants within the Town of Mount Pleasant are allowed per Town Council mandate. Small food vendors do not have to be located within Town limits, but local vendors are given preference and all vendors must have a Town of Mount Pleasant business license. Contact the Special Events Office for more information.