The 8th annual Downtown Crawfish Festival kicks off Friday, April 7, at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Dub as one of the spiciest events in Southwest Louisiana, the three-day event will feature more 10,000 pounds of hot, boiled crawfish, as well as offering an entertaining program to include live music, a parade, and the Mitchell Brother’s Carnival.
The festival aims to promote awareness of the crawfish season, the history of it, and how the seafood industry has benefited Louisiana in the past 200 years.
Carnival gates will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7, followed by a street parade at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, April 8, the festival gates will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Attendees are invited to compete in a crawfish eating contest at 3:30 p.m.
Live entertainment will begin at 1:30 p.m. featuring musicians such as Larry Tillery, Geno Delafose, Rusty Metoyer and Gyth Rigdon.
Tickets for the festival are $10 per person. Kids 10 and under admitted free. The admission does not include crawfish.
The proceeds from the event will benefit local Parkinson disease patients and their families.