The ongoing aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill didn’t keep thousands of people from enjoying heaping plates of fresh seafood at the 29th Annual Seafood Festival in Biloxi, Miss. last weekend. An estimated 25,000 showed up to enjoy great music, fun and food.
Held as always on the Biloxi Town Green, the festival attracted visitors from throughout the Gulf Coast region, as reported by Jessica Bowman of WLOX-TV, Gulfport.
Diamond Florence, visiting from Pensacola, Fla., was eager to sample the seafood. ‘I’m really looking forward to eating some shrimp,’ Florence said. ‘I love shrimp. I want some shrimp.’
Vendors served up hundreds of pounds of shrimp kabobs, crab cakes, calamari, and more.
Quoted in Bowman’s report, chairman of the festival Damon Penny said, ‘If there’s any concerns about people eating seafood because of the oil spill all you have to do is come here and just look around because we’ve sold plenty of seafood.” Penny said attendance was higher at this year’s festival compared to previous years.
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