Arrg matey! Welcome to the 2010 Amelia Island Shrimp Festival! Held the first weekend in May each year, the festival began as usual on Thursday with the parade. This year definitely topped the record by our count with an hour and 20 minutes to get all the floats and parade members through the process. It seems like every year more businesses and people participate and that increases the fun and excitement. People began lining the street outside our Inn an hour before the parade and by the start time it was standing room only. For our guests, it was mostly on the porches with a comfortable relaxing beverage in hand for the really big show. Shrimp appeared in every imaginable form, pirates joined in the fun, cars old and new drove thru, all types of police and fire vehicles, dance groups, bands, and ordinary folks gave the parade its unique small town feel. Candy and beads were distributed to kids and grownups alike and by the time the parade was over everyone was ready for the festival to get underway. I’ve attached photos for your viewing pleasure.