Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

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The 31st 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…nothing beats Wild American Shrimp!

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Activities

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

Parking is limited at Memorial Waterfront Park. Free shuttle buses run continually from 11 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. A handicapped-accessible bus will run directly from East Cooper Medical Center to the park and the MPRD handicapped bus will run from the Cheryll Woods-Flowers Sports Complex at Patriots Point. Riders are welcome to bring chairs and festival gear on the buses! The last buses will leave the park at 5:00 p.m.

Bus 1 & 2:

  • East Cooper Medical Center, Mullis Building, 851 Leonard Fulghum Blvd.
  • James B. Edwards Elementary, 855 Von Kolnitz Road

Bus 3 (handicapped accessible):

  • East Cooper Medical Center, Mullis Building, 851 Leonard Fulghum Blvd.

Bus 4 & 5:

  • Town Hall, 100 Ann Edwards Lane (Bus will stop in front of Town Hall near the CARTA Route 40 stop…ride CARTA & skip driving entirely!)

Bus 6:

  • Farmers Market Pavilion/Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Boulevard (Simmons Street side)

Bus 7:

  • Cheryll Woods-Flowers Soccer Complex, 85 Patriots Point Road
    • The Mount Pleasant Recreation Department handicapped-accessible bus will stop here.
    • This offsite parking location is a short walk to the park also if you prefer not to wait for the bus!

 

Beneficiary

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 2018 beneficiaries are East Cooper Community Outreach and Wando Band Boosters.  Past beneficiaries include such worthy causes as East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Charleston Port & Seafarers’ Society, Camp Rise Above, Carolina Children’s Charity, East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, East Cooper Community Outreach, Louie’s Kids, and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation/SC Coastal Conservation Association.

Craft Show

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

Enjoy delicious seafood and plenty of other festival favorite menu items offered by some of Mount Pleasant’s favorite restaurants!

Plenty of snack vendors also serve up such treats as kettle korn, funnel cakes, popsicles, shaved ice, ice cream and more!

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