In the spring one day is set aside in Mt Pleasant, and many other coastal towns, to bless the shrimp boats before the coming season.
The fleet has less boats each year. More and more the "family" feeling of the festival has given way to commercialization and automation.
This is a dying tradition. I do not like to go as the festival was very crowded even back in the 80s. Now there are shuttle services.
I was fortunate to see that the boats were getting ready for their appearance before the crowds, they were lining up off of Sullivan's Island. I thought all of my photos would be sensational, they are not. But the experience was.
I sat on a jetty of rocks and took the photos. (I do have a photo of Bill sleeping on the rocks, smile.)
There were just a few people there.
It was very cool. I call my photos Blessings, but I was the one who was blessed.