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Crawfish Festival kicks off Friday with parade. rides - and plenty of mudbugs

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Cookie Phillips' artwork was chosen as the poster for the 2017 Original Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival (Source: Jason Rivera/KPLC) Cookie Phillips' artwork was chosen as the poster for the 2017 Original Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival (Source: Jason Rivera/KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It's crawfish season and what better way to celebrate than with a festival?

In standard fashion, a parade kicked off the 8th annual Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival Friday at the Civic Center. ATV's, floats and dance teams made their way down Ryan Street to start the 3-day event.

This year's grand marshal was Mayor Randy Roach. 

After stopping to catch some beads and candy, all roads led back to the civic center. In the parking lot there crowds also gathered for the carnival festivities. From rides to the games, the family-friendly event drew in people of all ages. 

And just when you've built up an appetite, it was onto the tasty mud bugs. Pelican Coast Foods provided the crawfish this year. At $10 per plate, you get about two pounds of crawfish, two potatoes and a corn. Plus, proceeds benefit the Parkinson's Foundation of Southwest Louisiana.

Organizers say they hope to sell around 10,000 lbs over the weekend, serving a crowd that continues to grow, year after year.

Full schedule and ticket information HERE.

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