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If you’re heading for the beautiful Florida beach resort city, put this celebration on your schedule. The 60th annual event is Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10.

Originally, the modest observation was a religious blessing of shrimp boats and crews before they journeyed out into the ocean. Now, the much bigger celebration, sponsored by the Fort Myers Lions Club, is a major tourist attraction.

This year’s program includes distance runs, art exhibits and shrimp cooking demonstrations. Also scheduled is a colorful parade led by the Festival Queen, many kids’ events and shrimp eating contests. For more details, go to fortmyersbeachshrimpfestival.com

 
 
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