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Suck Some Head and Pinch Some Tail at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival - May 2011

The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival will be held on Friday, May 6th through Sunday, May 8th, 2011 in BreauxWorld Renowned Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival - May 2011 Bridge, Louisiana.

Where else except in Louisiana will you find a 3 day celebration totally devoted to this most celebrated crustacean, the Crawfish? Every year on the first full weekend in May, thousands congregate in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana to pay tribute and homage to the mudbug we all know and love.

The world renowned Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival began in 1960 as a spin-off of the Breaux Bridge Centennial Celebration.The city had been proclaimed as the Crawfish Capital of the World by the Louisiana Legislature the year prior and the rest is history. Each May thousands of visitors flock to Breaux Bridge to become a part of the festivities.

The Crawfish Festival also offers one of the largest gatherings of talented Cajun musicians around.Thirty (30) of the best Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop bands will playing all weekend long on 3 separate  stages. Watch or join the Cajun dance contests, or participate in the Cajun music workshops held in the heritage tent. 

And no Crawfish Festival would be complete without great Cajun food!Enjoy dellicious servings of Crawfish Etouffee, Fried Crawfish, Crawfish Boudin, Crawfish Po-Boys, Crawfish Spinach Boat, Crawfish Jambalaya, Crawfish Pies, Eggplant Crawfish and Shrimp Jambalaya, and of course, Boiled Crawfish. No matter your preference there's numerous other delightful dishes to please and tease your palette and taste buds.

Besides great food and entertaining music, there's plenty of acitivities to delight and participate in:

  • Race your crawfish in the Crawfish Races, 
  • Eat your way to celebrity status by entering the Crawfish Eating Contest (you'll need to eat over 55 pounds of mudbugs to break the current record!),
  • Demonstrate your culinary skills in the Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off,
  • Two-step on over to our Cajun Dance Contest or Zydeco Dance Contest,
  • Relax in your lawn chair on Sunday to watch the Parade celebrating Royalty and locals who compete for the best float prizes.
  • Shop untill you drop at over 70 vendor booths for Arts & Crafts, Festival T-Shirts and souvenirs.

So this weekend plan to crawl on down to Breaux Bridge to suck some heads and pinch some tails for one heck of a party!




2011 Schedule of Events                                                                       

Friday, May 6

  •   4:00pm - Gates Open
  •   4:30pm - Opening Ceremonies - Crawfish Stage
  •   4:45pm - Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest Crawfish Stage
  •   5:15pm - Cajun Dance Lesson, Breaux Bridge Tent
  • 12:00am - Festival Grounds Close

Saturday, May 7World Renowned Breaux Bridge Louisiana Crawfish Festival - May 2011

  • 10:00am - Festival Grounds Open
  • 10:00am - Cajun Cooking Demonstration, Breaux Bridge Tent
  • 11:30am - Cajun Dance Lesson, Breaux Bridge Tent
  • 12:15pm - Cajun Dance Contest, Festival Stage**
  • 12:45pm - Bourée Exhibition, Breaux Bridge Tent
  •   2:00pm - Zydeco Dance Contest, Festival Stage**
  •   2:15pm - Crawfish Eating Contest, Breaux Bridge Tent**
  •   3:00pm - Crawfish Races, Crawfish Stage**                                        
  •   4:15pm - Cajun Dance Lesson, Breaux Bridge Tent
  •   5:30pm - Cajun & Zydeco Dance Lesson, Breaux Bridge Tent
  • 12:00am - Festival Grounds Close                                                    

**Register at Information Booth prior to contest                                                 

Sunday, May 8

  •   9:00am - Festival Grounds Open
  •   9:00am - Crawfish Etouffée Cookoff, Breaux Bridge Tent
  •   9:30am - Parade: Bridge Street & Rees Street
  • 12:00pm - Judging & Sampling - time approximate
  •   4:00pm - Festival Grounds Close




Musical Lineup - Friday, May 6                                                                         

  • Crawfish Stage                                                                                                            
    5:30PM-7:30PM -- Hunter Courville & Cajun Fever
    7:45PM-9:45PM -- High Performance
    10:00PM-12:00PM -- Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin' Cajuns

  • Festival Stage
    5:15PM-7:00PM -- Ryan Brunet & Malfecteurs
    7:15PM-9:15PM -- Pine Leaf Boys
    9:30PM-11:30PM -- Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Road Runners

    World Renowned Breaux Bridge Louisiana Crawfish Festival - May 2011
  • Breaux Bridge Tent
    8:00PM-11:00PM -- Forest Huval est Les Bordels

Musical Lineup - Saturday, May 7

  • Crawfish Stage
    10:00AM-11:30AM -- Ray Abshire
    11:45AM-1:15PM -- Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys
    1:30PM-3:00PM -- Follet
    3:30PM-5:15PM -- Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Family Band
    5:30PM-7:30PM -- Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
    7:45PM-9:45PM -- Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas
    10:00PM-12:00AM -- Nik L Beer

  • Festival Stage
    10:15AM-11:45AM -- Daigle-Frey Affair
    12:00PM-1:30PM -- Huval Family Band
    1:45PM-3:15PM -- Gerard Delafose & Zydeco Gators
    3:30PM-5:00PM -- Bonsoir, Catin
    5:15PM-7:00PM -- Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
    7:15PM-9:15PM -- Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
    9:30PM-11:30PM -- Travis Matte & The Kingpins

  • Breaux Bridge Tent
    7:30PM-10:00PM -- Yvette Landry
    World Renowned Breaux Bridge Louisiana Crawfish Festival - May 2011

Musical Lineup - Sunday, May 8

  • Crawfish Stage
    9:00AM-10:30AM -- Joe Hall & Louisiana Cane Cutters
    10:45AM-12:15PM -- Jambalaya w/ DL Menard
    12:30PM-2:00PM -- da' Classics w/Sean Vidrine & Charlo
    2:15PM-4:00PM -- Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars

  • Festival Stage
    10:30AM-12:00PM -- Corey Ledet
    12:15-1:45PM -- Al Berard Family Band
    2:00PM-4:00PM -- Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers




The festival is being held at Parc Hardy in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.Parc Hardy is located at 2090 Rees Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517.



From Baton Rouge:

Interstate 10 West, Exit 109. When you exit at 109, take a left onto Rees Street (Hwy 328). Parc Hardy is located 2 miles on the left, after first traffic light.

From Lake Charles:

Interstate I-10 East, Exit 109. When you exit I-10 at mile marker 109, take a right onto Rees Street (Hwy 328). Parc Hardy located 2 miles on the left after first traffic light.

From Shreveport:

Interstate 49 south to I-10 East, Exit 109. When you exit I-10 at mile marker 109, take a right onto Rees Street (Hwy 328). Parc Hardy located 2 miles on the left after first traffic light.

From Lafayette:

Interstate 10 East, Exit 109 or Highway 371 (locally known at Lafayette/Breaux Bridge Highway). When you exit I-10 at mile marker 109, take a right onto Rees Street (Hwy 328). Parc Hardy located 2 miles on the left after first traffic light.

Here's a Map of the event


For additional information, contact the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Office Phone: (337) 332-6655


Admissions: $5 on Friday and Sunday, $10 on Saturday or 3-day pass for $15

  • No ice chests, little red wagons, glass containers or dogs - PLEASE!


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    Comment balloon 2 commentsMike Mayer • May 05 2011 03:31PM


    that will be a good time for sure and the weather should cooperate, we enjoyed crawfish last weekend and next weekend is my Century 21 office crawfish boil!

    Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) over 9 years ago

    My now-husband and I went way back in 1995. He has dozens of relatives in New Orleans and Slidell.

    Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 9 years ago