Click to Home

Go To Search
Graphic Links

Special Events

Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival
A Seafood Celebration
The 30th 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!
Event Details
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Memorial Waterfront Park
11:30 am - 6:00 pm

Facebook Logo Join the Blessing of the Fleet Facebook community to stay updated on event information!

Wondering what to expect on event day? wrote a great article with lots of details!

                                                               Presented by:                                                      
East Cooper Medical Center         Harris Teeter                                                                                       

Gilligan's      WCIV ABC 4       WSC     Lily Magazine    Island Porch Catering                                                                   

Scales         AAA Carolinas           The Boulevard       Camping world.jpg


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, art exhibition, Shag and shrimp-eating contests, and family-friendly activities. Admission and activities are free!

FREE Parking & Shuttles
Two shuttle bus routes will be available offering plenty of convenient and easy offsite parking (buses will have plenty of room for loading up all your festival supplies).  Park and ride from the following locations: 
East Cooper Medical Center, Mullis Building - 851 Leonard Fulghum Boulevard 
            (Handicapped accessible bus stops at ECMC only)
James B. Edwards Elementary
 - 855 Von Kolnitz Road
Moultrie Middle School/Farmers Market Pavilion - 645 Coleman Boulevard
Cheryll Woods Flowers Sports Complex - 85 Patriots Point Boulevard
Cinebarre - 963 Houston Northcutt 
            (CARTA Route 40 has a stop near this shuttle location!)
LIMITED parking is available at Memorial Waterfront Park. For easiest access, park & ride!

Schedule of Events
11:30 a.m | Opening Band
12:45 p.m. | Blessing Procession on Pier
1:00 p.m. | Boat Parade & Blessing of the Fleet
1:45 p.m. | Opening Band
3 - 6 p.m. | East Coast Party Band
4:00 p.m. | Shag & Shrimp Eating Contests 

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 2016 beneficiaries were Camp Rise Above and Carolina Children's Charity.  Past beneficiaries include such worthy causes as East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Charleston Port & Seafarers' Society, 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!

If you are a crafter or artist interested in participating in the 2017 festival, please check back here in January 2017.

Restaurants & Food Vendors
Enjoy delicious seafood and other festival favorites prepared by some of Mount Pleasant's best local restaurants!

Only restaurants within the Town of Mount Pleasant are allowed per Town Council mandate. Small food vendors do not have to be located within Town limits, but local vendors are given preference and all vendors must have a Town of Mount Pleasant business license.  Contact the Office of Cultural Affairs & Tourism for more information.

Town of Mount Pleasant
100 Ann Edwards Lane
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Ph: (843) 884-8517