As host of the annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, the city of Breaux Bridge demonstrates why it has earned recognition as the “Crawfish Capital of the World.” The festival, which takes place in May, is a three-day celebration that pays tribute to Louisiana’s crawfish industry. Crawfish is the festival’s food staple, of course. Boiled crawfish, crawfish étouffée, crawfish jambalaya and crawfish pies are just some of the delicious dish options that people can enjoy. Crawfish also serve as the inspiration for several of the festival’s most popular events, such as the crawfish races and the Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest. While munching on crawfish treats or engaging in crawfish-themed events, festivalgoers can listen and dance to live music from more than 30 Cajun and Creole bands. Particularly skilled dancers might also choose to participate in the Cajun Dance Contest or the Zydeco Dance Contest. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival also boasts an arts-and-crafts market and a parade.
Admission to the festival is $5 on Friday and Sunday and $10 on Saturday. 3-day passes are offered for $15. Parking is available in the rear of the Festival Grounds for $3 per day. Prohibited items include ice chests, red wagons and glass containers. Animals are also not allowed.
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