The St. Clare Seafood Festival in Waveland will kick off Memorial Day Weekend on the Coast with a three-day celebration beginning Friday with a "Tribute to the Military."

This year, the parish is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Organizers say the Seafood Festival is St. Clare Catholic Church's biggest fundraiser of the year. It draws thousands to Waveland every year to enjoy concerts, carnival rides, crafts booths and -- of course -- delicious seafood dishes.

St. Clare Seafood Festival begins this Friday at 5 p.m., starting with the Tribute to the Military, and former U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor will be on hand to raise the flag.

Elvis impersonator Nick Perkins will perform from 5:15-7 p.m., followed by the Dave Mayley Band from 7:30-10 p.m.

The fifth annual classic car show will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Food will be available for purchase at 11 a.m.

Sippiana Soul with Pat Murphy will perform from noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Saturday night's live entertainment will be Category 6, which will perform from 7-10 p.m. The festival closes at 11 p.m. on Saturday.

On Sunday, the festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Brett Ladner will host a corn hole tournament from 1-3 p.m.

Brandon Hogue and Kameron Jackson, a guitar/piano duet, will perform from 1-3 p.m. Foret Tradition will perform from 7-10 p.m. Sunday, and the evening will end with a fireworks show.

Food available for purchase will include boiled crawfish, cold and hot shrimp pasta, red beans and rice, fried crab claws, po-boys, fried shrimp and fish, crab-stuffed potatoes, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and cotton candy. There will also be a beer booth featuring Heineken, Miller Lite, Coors Lite and Lazy Magnolia.

There will be a variety of carnival rides and people can purchase tickets.

There will also be a dessert booth, silent auction and gift shop.

There is no admission fee to the event.

St. Clare Catholic Church is located at 236 S. Beach Blvd. in Waveland.

Learn more about the festival through Facebook at St. Clare Seafood Festival.

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