Being born in Brunswick, GA., my family always attended the annual Blessing Of he Fleet in nearby Darien. My Uncle Vernon Clark, was s shrimper). Darien is by the water and home to fishermen who have been fishing these waters for generations. Each spring a parade of shrimp boats all decked out in brightly colored flags & banners approach the bridge to receive a blessing for the coming year of fishing. It is the main activity and was held on sunday.
Huge crowds fill this small town for the weekend of festivities. The food and vendors are as varied and diverse as the crowds are. There is something for everyone from the young to the more mature taste. From the parade, car show, kids fishing rodeo, giant waving panda, kiddie train ride, bouncing houses, bungee jump, to the music in the park.
The smell of shrimp and soft shell crabs could be detected above the cajun spicy food, funnel cakes, hot dogs, and fish frying. The fresh ice cream looked inviting as the vendor scooped up large chunks of it.
The music and clapping came from the park next tot he pier where Shenandoah performed as well as an up and coming new female country artist. "Gunpowder & lead" had a catchy tune. Maybe the next Carrie Underwood or Taylor swift.
There was even a a crowned Miss Greater Columbus there in all her glory smiling like she won a million bucks. The Georgia Bulldog shrimp boat was open to the public to come aboard and take a look and have your pic taken.
After eating some fine seafood in the shade, listening to some good music, watching the square dancers, seeing all the arts & crafts, and walking around the pier & boats, it was time we headed back home with my parents sound asleep in the back seat! Suffice to say that e all had a great time!