NOLA Noms: Long Beach Crawfish Fest

Whether you shake it to live Zydeco or devour the traditional Cajun dish, or do both, is up to you.

Spring cleaning? Maybe you got it all done back in April, just after the traditional season of clearing out the closets and the drawers officially kicked off.

Or, yeah. Maybe you're still meaning to get to it, soon, all right? At least before next year's window for spring cleaning arrives.

If so, here's a suggestion: Keep an outfit meant for dancing, a get-up with some swing and flair, and keep an outfit you can get a bit messy as you dig into a heap of spicy crawfish deliciousness.

Fingers crossed they're the same outfit, and you know where the togs are in the closet, for the Long Beach Crawfish Festival stomps and sways back into Rainbow Lagoon Park from Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30. 

The big billing for this 24-years-along party? It's "...the largest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana," wowee. That means a bundle of good things, though principally it assures attendees that a caboodle of authentic bayou-style bites and Cajun cuisine choices await, whether they're there for the crawfish or not.

You probably will be, though, as famous Harold & Belle's Restaurant is behind the crawfishery, and the tempting sides, too, like corn and potatoes (yep, they have Cajun zing, so best tell your taste buds what's just ahead).

Gumbo, red beans and rice, bread pudding, and a hanker-inducing host of straight-from-Louisiana vittles are also on the menu, if you want to sup widely and with range.

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As for dancing with vivacity? You can definitely expect a spirit-raising Second Line Dancing Parade and Zydeco lessons, too. How's your swing and stomp? Needing some polish or ready to shine? Every ability is welcome on the floor.

A live sports tent, activities for the kids, and other keep-the-bon-temps-going goings-on fill out the big schedule.

Admission for one day is $13. That's your get-in-the-gate price, but note that your noms, as in your eats, as in all of that savory catfish and jambalaya, will be extra, so fill up your billfold accordingly before making for the water-close event area.

And while Saturday and Sunday have a lot of daylight hours folded into the fun, note that Fat Friday is an evening deal, so there's no need to shimmy your way over to Rainbow Lagoon before 5 o'clock.

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