The Original DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival - the SPICIEST Event in Southwest Louisiana - promotes awareness of the crawfish season, the history of it, and how the seafood industry has benefited Louisiana in the past 200 years. Proceeds benefit the local Parkinson disease patients and their families for outreach, support, and education. Held in April, Parkinson Awareness Month, the festival hosts clean, family fun with the best food, Zydeco and Cajun music, a parade, and midway carnival. Recognized as one of the Top 55 Gulf Coast Destinations and Top 20 Events for Southeast Tourism, the multi-day festival is known to be one of the largest indoor/outdoor crawfish festivals in Southwest Louisiana.
On Friday, at 4 p.m., the carnival gates open and the Crawfish Scoot 3k & 5k run/walk begins at 6 p.m. Crawfish is sold on the festival grounds outside adjacent to the carnival midway.
On Saturday, festival gates will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and attendees can whet their appetite and compete at the crawfish eating contest at 3 p.m. Live entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. and features Chris Sherman and the Shermanators, Chester Daigle and City Heat, Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns, Geno Delafose, and closing with Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band.