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The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Board of Directors for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 Breaux Bridge Crawfish festival
The Pine Leaf Boys played cajun music on Friday
Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns perform on Friday night
Crowds enjoying the sounds of Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns
Cajun Dance Lesson Instructors (center) teach the large crowd to do the 2 step.
And know they learn to turn their partner and say "Cher bey bey", Pretty baby!
Cajun Dance contestant dance to the sounds of the Huval Family Band
More Cajun Dance Contestants and the crowds enjoying the music of the Huval Family Band
Crawfish Eating Contest midway through the 45 minute contest.
Crawfish eating contest crowds under the Breaux Bridge Tent
The Commissioner Byron Blanchard starts the race by saying "ill Sons partis" and there off. while contest cheer their crawfish on by banging on the racing board.
Crawfish crawl backwards to the finish line
Crowd shot of the World Famous Crawfish Races
Crowds from behind the Chair brigade enjoy the zydeco music sounds of Keith Frank and The Soileau Zydeco Family Band
Crowd shots of the Crawfish stage and the festival stages around 4pm. Playing on the Festival stage (right) is Geno Delafose and Rockin Boogie. 20,000 people enter the park on Saturday alone.
This couple is having a good time dancing the zydeco to Geno Delafose.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
Crowds dancing to the Cajun sounds of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
Horace Trahan and the New Ossun Express entertained the massive crowds on the Festival stage Saturday night
1st Place Float goes to the Brazos Huval School of Music in Sundays Parade. His school teaches our youth to continue the tradition of cajun music.
The Bayou Boudin Float pays homage to the Crawfish and our heritage every year in our Sunday Parade.
Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers
Shots from the feris wheel of the Carnival
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Event Dates: May 02, 2014 - May 04, 2014

Description of Event
  • The world famous Crawfish Festival began in 1960 as a spin-off of the Breaux Bridge Centennial Celebration. The Louisiana Legislature had just named Breaux Bridge the Crawfish Capital of the World in 1959. The festival is now known around the country and even the world. Every May, thousands of hungry people flock to Breaux Bridge to be part of the festivities and feast on Crawfish cooked every way imaginable. - fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs, along with other Cajun favorites (shrimp, crab, gumbo, red beans and rice, just to name a few).

    The Crawfish Festival has also become one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun musicians. All weekend long you can hear the sound of authentic Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop music rising from the festival. Whether your musical taste is Cajun or Creole, you can witness over 30 bands perform over the three day event if you think you have the stamina. It's a perfect opportunity to see our musical tradition passed from generation to generation. Watch the Cajun dance contests, and if you're brave, join in. There's no better way to learn. There are even Cajun music workshops held in the heritage tent.
    As the Crawfish Race Commissioner yells “ils sont partis”, our world famous race of the crawfish begins!  Numbered crawfish race to the finish line with skillful aid from their registered owners on an eight-foot circular target.  This race is open to all and a joy to watch.

    The Crawfish Etouffee Cookoff is an epicurean event which features cooking teams who vie for the title of Cook-off Champion.  Truly a gourmet’s delight, this contest is also noted for showmanship displayed by the contestants.  Samples are available once the judging is complete.

    The Crawfish eating contest is measured by the weight of boiled crawfish consumed within forty-five minutes.  Contestants must display dexterity in obtaining the meat from the crawfish as well as a healthy appetite.  The Crawfish Eating record is 55 &3/4 lbs.

    The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Association is a volunteer organization with a Board of Directors who oversee the annual festival.  Their mission is to promote the crawfish industry in Louisiana and the culture of Cajun Country. 

  • The BBCFA has up-to-date contributed over $500,000 to civic organizations and city improvements. Yearly, we allocate mini grants funds to the local Breaux Bridge Schools and provide Scholarships to the local high schools as well as our Past Queen’s Scholarship. Besides monetary contributions, the BBCFA Board of Directors gladly volunteer their time as well to these many functions.

    The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is a past multiple recipient of the LAFF Festival of the Year Division II as well as receiving numerous awards in marketing (poster, tshirt, brochure, pin).   The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has also been named a Top 20 Event by the STS Society. CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, The Food Channel, PBS and numerous other individual filmmakers have all done documentaries on our festival. We have been featured in Maxim Magazine, Southern Living, National Geographic, The New York Times, Country Cooking, Motorhome Living, and Better Homes and Garden publications. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival was named a top 10 Food Festival by USA Today.

    Please visit our website at or email us at info@bbcrawfest for more information.

Admission Fee (if any): $5/Friday, $10/Saturday, $5/Sunday or buy a weekend pass for $15

Ages Festival is Appropriate For: All ages

Accessibility Notes: We have handicap parking and Motorcycle parking

 Pet Friendly Notes
no pets allowed

For More Information, Contact:

Mark Bernard

P.O. Box 25, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
337-332-6655 · fax 337-332-5917

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Latitude: 30.282797000
Longitude: -91.903297000
Elevation: 22 FT (7 M)
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