Crawfish, crayfish, écrevisses, crawdads, mudbugs. Only something greatly loved has so many names, and no place loves the crawfish more than Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Each first weekend of May, the city pays tribute to this freshwater crustacean with the annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Since the first Crawfish Festival in 1960, it has grown to become one of the most popular annual events in a state known for them.
At the Crawfish Fest, you’ll find them prepared just about every way possible – boiled crawfish, crawfish bisque, crawfish pie, crawfish étouffée and fried crawfish, to name a few. You’ll also find an array of other Louisiana favorites.
Music is the second biggest draw, and it fills the air at the Crawfish Festival all day long and into the night. Performers at past festivals have included shining stars of Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop musical styles such as Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, the Pine Leaf Boys, Chris Ardoin & NuStep, Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers and more.
Fest-goers enjoy all the standard festival attractions, too. There’s a carnival midway with rides and games for all ages, numerous arts and crafts booths and a heritage tent highlighting various aspects of South Louisiana culture. Those with a strong competitive spirit can enter their pick of contests, including crawfish races, Cajun and Zydeco dance contests, a crawfish étouffée cook-off and a crawfish-eating contest.
For more information, visit www.bbcrawfest.com.