DELCAMBRE – The Delcambre Shrimp Festival, now in its 68th year of existence, honors the rich tradition of the Delcambre shrimping business, while simultaneously raising money for the Delcambre community.
Here in Delcambre, community and shrimp go hand and hand.
The festival features a large crew of volunteers, many of whom use their own vacation days to help put on the annual festival.
Explains Kevin Darbonne, a volunteer who cooks the majority of the festival’s shrimp, “This is a non profit organization. So it’s not like I take money home with me. You know, it’s everybody that works here donates their time.”
You can spot your normal festival staples here.
From carnival rides, to live music, to funnel cakes and, of course, plenty of beer.
The main staple? Nearly two thousand pounds of shrimp…
“You got all the shrimp you can get. Shrimp platters,” says one resident
“Jambalaya,” says Darbonne.
“Shrimp sauce pecan or fried shrimp,” another volunteer says.
“Shrimp burgers, fried shrimp, boiled shrimp,” continues Darbonne.
“Shrimp pasta, almost anything you can think of with shrimp, ” says Pam Blakely, the Mayor of Delcambre.
“If it’s shrimp, it’s cooked here,” adds Darbonne.
Aside from the shrimp surplus, what makes this festival so special to the people of Delcambre is what happens with all the money that is raised throughout the weekend.
Says the Mayor, “All the money that we raise we give it back to our community. It goes to our churches, it goes to our schools. Any functions that they need, the shrimp festival supports.”