Crawfish celebration Pinch A Palooza April 19 at Deanie’s Seafood in Bucktown

Free outdoor festival: Live music, crawfish eating contest, crawfish races, art market, 610 Stompers, Deanie’s crawfish specialties, plus The NOCCA Institute Boxcar food truck 

Event:     Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest

Date:       Sunday, April 19, 2015

Time:      11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

 *Crawfish eating contest heats at noon and 1:40 p.m., title round 3:40 p.m.

Venue:     Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown, 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie

METAIRIE, LA.–Deanie’s Seafood’s sixth-annual Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest will serve up more than 2,500 lbs. of boiled “Wild Louisiana Crawfish” and a full day of free entertainment and activities from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun., April 19 at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant & Market in Bucktown. pinch_a_palooza_festival__crawfish_eating_contest_deanies_seafood_new_orleans_metairie_bucktown_April_19

Deanie’s annual crawfish season celebration, this year’s Pinch A Palooza features six bands, including Amanda Shaw & The Cute GuysVince Vance & The ValiantsNew Orleans Karma and Louisiana Cajun Folk band Chansons et Soûlardsan art market, Mardi Gras Indians Big Chief Romeo & The 9th Ward Hunters, the 610 Stompers, crawfish races and a crawfish eating contest plus activities for children. 

A variety of Deanie’s favorite Crawfish specialties will be offered, as well as The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts’ (NOCCA) Institute’s Boxcar food truck (@BoxcarNOLA), which will feature garden-inspired offerings made with seasonal produce from their Press Street Gardens and gives NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students the opportunity to get first-hand experience in the real-world restaurant industry. Proceeds from food truck sales at Pinch A Palooza will support the Institute and NOCCA programs. 

Activities for children include face painting and Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Raceswhere children gather round and cheer on their Cajun crawfish for a chance to win prizes. Children also will practice their fishing and casting skills with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

Pinch A Palooza entertainment and fun are provided free to the public. Food, beverages and keepsake items are available for purchase.

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