Louisiana's favourite, the crawfish boil, takes centre stage at Shreveport's Mudbug Madness Festival.
We've all bowed to peer pressure before, right? Well, back in 1984 Shreveport created Mudbug Madness to prove that they could cook up a crawfish boil as good as any of their southern neighbours, after being told they were more like Texans than Louisianans. Little did they know that the festival would grow to become one of the most popular crawfish festivals in the states.
What started out as a two-day event has turned into a four-day extravaganza and is now one of Louisiana's largest and most popular Cajun festivals. The event has drawn as many as 56,000 visitors in one day in the past, which goes some way towards showing how well-loved it is with Louisianans.
The premise of Mudbug Madness has never changed, with a downtown venue and Cajun cuisine at the heart of what the festival is trying to achieve. Some of the proceeds from the festival are invested back into the downtown area, sponsoring smaller festivals and part-funding the Shreveport Police Mounted Patrol Unit.
If you don't know how to eat crawfish, the Mudbug Madness official website has some handy tips, as well as some sound advice on what not to do whilst eating crawfish (touching your eyes is a huge no-no, apparently).
If the festival alone wasn't enough to get you excited, there are also a number of events running across the four-day period. There are crawfish eating competitions for men, women and children as well as a special celebrity edition which will take place at midday on the 26th of May. There's also a 5k race taking place at 6:45 p.m., so you can burn off all those calories you've not doubt consumed. Of course, you can't have a food festival without a bit of live music, and 2017 will see bands like Earshot Graffitti, the Mulligan Brothers and The Stilettos take to one of three stages at Mudbug Madness.
With some of the best crawfish boil around, Shreveport have definitely nailed this one. We're not saying bowing to peer pressure is a good thing, but sometimes proving others wrong leaves a great taste in your mouth. Though that may just be the crawfish...
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