Darien, Georgia, honors a centuries-old European tradition this month, with an annual blessing of its shrimping fleet.
There will be prayers and a memorial wreath, but don’t think for second this is a solemn religious occasion. More like an excuse for a party.
Beginning Friday March 27 and lasting through Sunday Marxh 29, the small town, 80 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida, puts on a show. There’s a shrimp-eating contest, a shrimp-box derby race, parades, helicopter rides, and concerts throughout the weekend.
On Sunday, the town’s shrimp trawlers will float buy in a marine parade. After a blessing and an awards ceremony, the real work of shrimping begins.
Below, Elvis apparently lives on a shimping trawler. Photo: City of Dairen