St. Clare Fest serves up seafood, live music, carnival rides & family fun
By Geoff Belcher
May 20, 2014, 19:47
This year’s St. Clare Seafood Festival offers three huge days of live music, including Flow Tribe.
St. Clare Seafood Festival organizers are anticipating the biggest event in the church's history this weekend with three days of great food, carnival rides and one of the biggest entertainment line-up in the fest’s history.
"This is as big, if not bigger, than last year’s event," Paul Williams, one of St. Clare Fest's organizers said. "We're looking for huge crowds. We’re supposed to have beautiful weather again this year.”
St. Clare hosted an annual festival for nearly 40 years before Hurricane Katrina destroyed the historic water-side church in Waveland.
Once the new church was built, however, organizers added "seafood" to the mix and never looked back. The event has grown every year for the past three years, and parishioners say they're looking to at least double last year's turn-out.
“St. Clare Seafood Festival offers fun for the whole family, and some of the best seafood you're going to find anywhere. Our chefs are ready."
The festival will offer po-boys, boiled seafood, shrimp and fish tacos and several different seafood dishes, in addition to carnival rides, arts & crafts booths, a "Kiddie Corral" and top-notch entertainment.
Roman Street will take the stage with its jazzy, hip tones from 4-6 p.m. Friday.
The Bucktown Allstars close out the first day’s music from 7-10 p.m. on Friday.
On Saturday, the entertainment begins before noon, with Neutral Snap taking the stage from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Racecar, Racecar will play from 2-4 p.m. Bag of Donuts will perform from 5-7 p.m.; and Flow Tribe will rock from 8-10 p.m.
On Sunday, organizers are looking to entertain the “Baby Boomers” with Brandon Tingstrom & the Exit 13 Band from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Ross Grisham Band from 204 p.m.; Relative Unknowns from 5-7; and the Topcats closing out the festival from 8-10.
Admission to the festival is free, and so is parking.
If you’re worried about finding a good parking spot, this year St. Clare is offering a shuttle bus from Coleman Ave. next to Waveland City Hall; and from Oak Blvd. to the event.
The St. Clare 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will also return this year. You can register starting at 7-7:45 a.m. Saturday. for the 5k and at 8:30 for the one mile.
The festival is also going “green” this year, with recycling bins on-site.
“The only thing we will be selling in cans is sodas,” Williams said. “Beer and lemonade will be sold by the cup.
“We appreciate people not bringing coolers, hard alcohol or open containers.”