Mount Pleasant Magazine March/April 2024

33 | | BY KATIE FINCH Shrimp, Shrimp, Hooray! Blessing of the Fleet trawls on In the heart of our beloved Mount Pleasant, where the salt-kissed breeze mingles with the laughter of locals and visitors alike, lies a tradition steeped in community spirit: the Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival. As the sun dances on the tranquil waters of Shem Creek, we will gather to honor our seafaring heritage and extend our heartfelt gratitude to the fearless souls who navigate the unpredictable depths of the ocean to bring sustenance to our tables. Since 1988, this festival has been a beacon of tradition and camaraderie, a testament to the resilience of our coastal community and the enduring bond between man and sea. Started by the Magwood family, the Blessing of the Fleet is more than just a celebration; it is a tender reminder of the sacrifices made by our local fishermen, whose livelihoods our town