It’s time for the Town of Mount Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet!

 

Celebrate the Lowcountry’s shrimping heritage at the Town of Mount Pleasant’s 32nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival on Sunday, April 28th. Enjoy a day on the Cooper at the beautiful and scenic Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. A hallmark of the event is the boat parade. You’ll witness local shrimp boats,  spilling over with family and friends and decorated with flags in honor of the day. They form a procession along the edge of the pier where they’ll each receive a blessing for a bountiful season.

Of course, there will also be lots of food and live music. You’ll find seafood and other options from various Mount Pleasant restaurants as well as other festival favorites. Test your love of shrimp by joining the Shrimp Eating Contest! Celebrate South Carolina’s state dance by joining in the Shag competition or just dance on your own!

Take a break from eating and dancing and stroll through the Craft Show. Find a unique Lowcountry creation for a loved one or yourself!

Admission, activities and parking are free. However, parking is limited so you may want to jump on a shuttle. And luckily, those are free too! Below is a list of where you can catch a shuttle. Check out this schedule of events so you don’t miss a thing!

11 am – Haley Mae Campbell Band

12:30 pm – National Anthem & Mayor’s Welcome

12:50 pm – Blessing Procession on Pier

1:00 pm – Boat Parade & Blessing of the Fleet

2:00 pm – East Coast Party Band

3:30 pm – Shrimp Eating Contest

4:00 pm  –  Shag Dance Competition

Shuttle Information from the Town of Mount Pleasant:

Free shuttle buses run continually from 11 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Riders are welcome to bring chairs and festival gear on the buses! The last buses 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
  • Mount Pleasant Senior Service Center, 840 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 40stop…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!