The Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival has been going on in downtown Gulf Shores since 1971.  Video footage from the 46th annual Shrimp Festival was filmed and collaborated on with  This was the last Shrimp Festival before Gulf Shores makes major changes to the downtown area.  These changes are part of the Gulf Place revitalization project geared toward improving the overall experience of visiting downtown, especially on foot or bike.  One of the main goals is to make downtown Gulf Shores more pedestrian-friendly.  Changes started shortly after this year’s festival and is slated for completion before next years festival.