FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Shrimp, shrimp, and more shrimp! That's the story this weekend on Fort Myers Beach for the 54th Annual Shrimp Fest. The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club has hosted the festival since its beginning. The club serves up about 2000 shrimp dinners over the weekend for $10 apiece. But in addition to all that shrimp, you'll plenty more entertainment on Estero Island.
The festival gets going Saturday morning with the parade at 10:00 and that wraps up in Times Square around noon. The Matanzas Pass bridge will be shut down starting at 9:00 am and remained closed until noon. If you want to make it over for the parade, you need to be in line early. Following the parade, the 2012 Shrimp Queen will be crowned at the beach pavillion. More than 100 vendors fill the parking lot by the pier and you'll find all types of crafts and even more food. You'll also find official Shrimp Festival T-shirts sold by the Lions Club as well. All the proceeds to the Lions Clubs go back local charity causes. Every year, the Lions club raises between $50,000 to $60,000.