What self-respecting pirate would be caught without beads for the Shrimpfest parade on Thursday? Why, NONE, I say! It’s time to start stocking up for our biggest beadfest of the year. The parade runs about an hour and a half because – as the locals like to say – half of the town is in the parade and the other half is watching it. And unlike some other parades, our beads are given freely… they don’t have to be “earned”.