It was a good day for gumbo.
Crowds descended on downtown Galveston on Saturday afternoon for the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival.
The festival closed down blocks of The Strand to traffic and let visitors stroll the streets sampling shrimp gumbo, while cook-off teams prepared other dishes for amateur and professional contests.
This year's festival was something of a return to form for the annual event. A scaled-down version of the festival took place on Seawall Boulevard in 2020. The event was moved because of restrictions in place at the time to prevent large gatherings of people as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
No such restrictions were in place this year, and the event returned to its traditional downtown home.
In addition to the cook-off, the event featured a 5K run and a gumbo stroll in which people could buy cups and get samples of gumbo from the various cooking teams.
"We love it," said Greg Brenham, who was leading a cook-off team from Cypress and stirring a gumbo of shrimp, fish and okra. "It's kind of low-key. It's a fun event. It's a family event."
"This is about as perfect a Texas day as you can find. We're loving it."