SWLA residents load up on crawfish for Good Friday - FOX29 Lake Charles

SWLA residents load up on crawfish for Good Friday

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It's Good Friday and that means many people across Louisiana are having crawfish boils with family and friends. 

Residents across Southwest Louisiana were scrambling on Friday to get crawfish for the Easter weekend.

Edward Ashley-Soileau is the co-owner of JT's Seafood in Lake Charles and he said this is the best time of the year when it comes to the business' profit.

"We look forward to this weekend; this is one of our better weekends for profit, but it's not just about that; it's about taking care of the customer," said Soileau. "The people were lined up just for crawfish, which is normally what happens - kind of like Black Friday - we call it Black Friday over here, but it's Good Friday".

Soileau said the holiday rush isn't anything new, which is why the business buys crawfish early in the week to prepare for Good Friday. 

"We know the drill and we take care of our customers," Soileau said. "We have a lot of customers that call ahead of time but we have a lot of the stragglers; the people that are coming in last minute - we are able to accommodate those - but sometimes we can't."

One local family said they knew the crowd was coming so they prepared ahead of time. 

"We reserved them from several different places around town," said Andrew Meche. "We did it earlier this week; that way we wouldn't have to worry about not having enough."

Meche said his family comes together for crawfish boils on Good Friday every year because it's an important part of being from Southwest Louisiana. 

"This is a long family tradition," he said. 

The State Department of Agriculture expects that Louisiana residents will eat an estimated 3 million pounds of crawfish between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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