Deanie’s Seafood in Bucktown gears up for it’s 10th annual Pinch A Palooza Festival and Crawfish Eating Contest on Saturday, April 20. Organizers postponed the fest originally scheduled on April 7 due to impending weather concerns.
The outdoor fest is now scheduled from noon to 7 p.m.
Pinch A Palooza will feature performances by The Topcats, Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition, Vince Vance & The Valiants, the 689 Swampers dance group and more. Actor and comedian Johnny Rock will emcee the festival.
For the past nine years, the Bucktown community has joined together to enjoy crawfish races, Crawfish Tic Tac Toe, inflatables, bounce houses for kids and more.
There’s no doubt that seafood restaurant is ready to serve up some hot boiled crawfish, crawfish tails, crawfish nachos, crawfish balls, crawfish bisque and crawfish etouffee along with a selection of non-seafood items, draft beer and specialty cocktails. Whew, that’s a whole lot of crawfish, but we’re not complaining.
The crawfish eating contest will return for those true crawfish lovers. Each contestant receives a Pinch A Palooza T-shirt, plus all the crawfish they can eat during one of two heats.
Those who finish at the top will earn prizes, including a grand prize of a crawfish boil for 20 people provided by Deanie’s Seafood.
Registration for the contest is $20 and participants must be 18 and up to enter.
Sure, the festival is a great way to get everyone together over good food and music but it also serves as a way to support local charitable organizations. A $1 donation to the Good Shepherd School will get you in the gates for the day’s festivities.
The Good Shepherd School is a private, faith based elementary school in Gentilly that serves low-income families in New Orleans. The school is named as this year’s Pinch A Palooza beneficiary.
Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant & Seafood Market is located at 1713 Lake Avenue at Old Hammond Highway in Metairie.
For more information on the festival or to enter the crawfish eating contest, visit pinchapalooza.com.