Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hendry's Largest Festival Brings Out Crowds

Swamp Cabbage Festival In LaBelle - Saturday and Sunday

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry county's largest parade and festival started off the weekend big- time in LaBelle, Florida. Held the last full weekend of February each year, the Swamp Cabbage Festival is scheduled to attract large crowds to the downtown area, and in the park.

The Festival Parade traveled down Bridge Street (State Road 29) to Barron Park on the Caloosahatchee River at 10 a.m. Saturday. Festivities include music, dancers, and vendors packing the park, while thousands mill the streets of LaBelle.

(Click on video above to see Saturday's parade and festival. Click on Youtube logo for HD quality )

Tens of thousands of people visit LaBelle each year for the festival. The cabbage palm, the state tree of Florida, is cut down for making decorations from the palm fronds for parade floats and booths, and the heart of the palms is cut out to make "swamp cabbage."


  1. We thoroughly enjoyed all the festivities. This was our very 1st Swamp Cabbage Festival. Lines too long to get the cabbage or alligator on Sat. Will try Sunday.

  2. Anonymous11:45 AM

    What was up with all of the cars so silly who thought that up.

  3. Anonymous10:12 PM

    Too bad there were no river cruises this year due to lack of sponsors.