Louisiana is currently mid-way through crawfish season, and there are still tons of mudbugs around that locals can enjoy before the season ends. People are also starving for the many festivals that New Orleans usually houses nearly a year after the implementations of COVID restrictions and lockdowns.
One such festival was the NOLA Crawfish Festival, which would have taken place April 27-29, 2020, and was scheduled to have live music by artists like Mike Doussan, Anders Osborne, Grahame Lesh, Roadside Glorious, Eric Lindell, and Marc Ford. It was quite a blow to the city when the Crawfish Festival, as well as the countless other NOLA festivals, were forced to be either postponed or cancelled in order to keep everyone safe during the pandemic and stop the spread of COVID.
So 2020 has passed us by and 2021 has already been looking like brighter year with COVID cases going down, states opening up, and New Orleans and Louisiana moving back into Phase 3. To make up for the lost opportunity, NOLA Crawfish King has partnered with NOLA Crawfish Fest to present an already sold-out two-day event of local music and tasty crawfish.
Taking place April 10 and April 11 at The Broadside, the event will feature live performances by local musicians Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Ivan Neville, Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph, Tony Hall, and Ian Neville. Crawfish will be provided by NOLA Crawfish Kings, which has been providing fresh boiled seafood for over 20 years and has a brick and mortar location on 5321 Franklin Ave.
With the two-day event already selling out, it's clear that New Orleanians are not only looking for something festive to do after an entire year of dread, but it also shows that, no matter how dire a situation or how kicked down our community gets, they are always willing and ready to support local. Whether it be music or eats, laissez les bons temps rouler.