Shrimp & Petroleum Festival remains scheduled
By ROBERT R. JONES III
The old expression, “The show must go on,” has been an axiom of fairs, theaters and festivals for generations, and it will also hold true for the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, regardless of Tropical Storm Isaac hitting the area.
Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival Director Lee Delaune said the annual festival will go on as planned this weekend, though the start may be delayed until Friday due to the storm.
“The board decided at a meeting (Monday) to go ahead with it,” he said. “We may miss Thursday, but the festival is a go. The only thing going on Thursday is the carnival rides, but they may need that day to set up.”
Outside of the carnival rides, the rest of the festival will proceed as planned, Delaune said.
Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte said the rides can be set up in a day, accounting for the slight delay.
“The storm could put the Thursday festival at risk,” he said. “We are waiting to see what the storm will do before we know whether or not the rides could be set up for Thursday evening.”
Once the storm clears the area, the city and festival leadership are not anticipating any further problems, Matte said, expressing a hope that the city would not suffer unforeseen damage that could delay the event.
“We want to see the festival go on as planned,” he said. “Thursday, the only thing planned to go on is the rides, and that is what we expect to mainly be impacted.”