POSTED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 6:04am
Belle Chasse, La — Showcasing the greatest seafood in the world, The Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival has brought about a greater awareness of the finest ingredients of Louisiana cuisine while raising several hundred thousand dollars for local charities.
Plaquemines Parish Seafood is the etouffee, the courtboullion, the creole and the gumbo of Louisiana and the world.
Celebrating its ninth year, the Seafood Festival will be held May 16th through May 19th at 225 F Edward Hebert Blvd in Belle Chasse, Louisiana from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. The site is on the fair grounds at the rear of the future site of the Plaquemines Parish Government Complex.
The Festival opens Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and features Croatian Night with Bravo Band performing Croatian music at 7:00 p.m. The Croatian a.m.erican Society will sell their f a.m.ous Charbroiled Oysters, Cevapcici and Krostula. Thursday Night also marks the beginning of a new tradition at the Seafood Fest. The Oyster Drop. Come be a part of this fun and uniquely Plaquemines way of raising money for local charities. If the lucky oyster drops in your favor, a pearl of a prize awaits.
Enjoy more rides and g a.m.es again on Friday night starting at 6:00 p.m. Then dance the night away with Category 6.
On Saturday, the gate opens at 10:30 a.m.. At 11:30 a.m., the Seafood Queen will be crowned followed by the official opening of the Festival. On the Grand Bayou Stage, the Michael Aaron & the Stray will get the festival moving. Boot Hill will then rock the parish and get the crowd ready for Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters. The Fort Jackson Tent will host local favorites Treater Bank and Big River Band.
Sunday starts at 10:30 a.m. with another great line-up of bands and exciting activities. Exit 32 kicks the day off with Supercharger following. The fun continues with a concert by Southern Cross at 7:00 p.m.. The Fort Jackson Tent will host Ernie Wilkinson and the Hot Sauce Band. Aaron Foret will get you on your feet at 4:00 p.m.
Some more of the highlights…The World’s Largest Traveling a.m.usement Park including 18 Carnival Rides, crafts from local artisans, Helicopter Rides over some of the most historical battlefields in the Nation as well as the Mississippi River.
Admission is $5 for adults and FREE for children 12 and under. Parking is FREE! In seven years, the Festival has donated nearly $200,000 to local charities, youth development groups, organizations such as the a.m.erican Cancer Society, Children’s Hospital, Padua House, the Air National Guard, Louisiana’s Medal of Honor Park, local schools, churches and medical facilities.
Based on charitable commitments from area businesses and over 8,000 in attendance last year, the Seafood Festival is becoming one of Louisiana's largest crowd-pleasers.