Breaux Bridge Louisiana Travel and Tourism


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In the heart of Cajun Country and Acadiana is the community of Breaux Bridge.

Breaux Bridge is located just east of Lafayette on I-10 at Exit 109 (Highway 328), and close to Henderson, the gateway to the great Atchafalaya Swamp. It has a population of about 8,500 residents, and is assigned Area Code 337 and Zip Code 70517.

In 1959, the Louisiana Legislature designated Breaux Bridge as "the Crawfish Capital of the World".

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

Parc Hardy in Breaux Bridge, LouisianaParc Hardy in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Breaux Bridge, situated on the banks of historic Bayou Teche, is the site of the world famous Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival held in Parc Hardy.

The 2018 Crawfish Festival was last held on May 4-6, 2018.

Where else in the world but in Louisiana would you find a 3-day celebration totally devoted to Crawfish? Every year on the first full weekend in May, thousands congregate in Breaux Bridge to pay tribute to the little crustacean we all know and love.

Visitors enjoy tasting crawfish prepared in every imaginable way—fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs. Besides crawfish, there are ample opportunities to savor other Cajun favorites such as shrimp, crab, gumbo, fried alligator, and red beans & rice.

 

Another fun day at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Another fun day for the crowds at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
(Photograph courtesy of the City of Breaux Bridge)

 


Don't miss the crawfish races ... As the Crawfish Race Commissioner yells “ils sont partis”, the world famous race of the crawfish begins!  Numbered crawfish race to the finish line with skillful aid from their registered owners on an eight-foot circular target.  This race is open to all and a joy to watch.

Dancing the day away ... at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish FestivalDancing the day away ... at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

There is also Cajun & Zydeco Dance Contests, the Breaux Heritage Tent, Crawfish Etouffée Cook-Off, the carnival midway, lots of music, and many more fun events.

If Cajun or Creole music excites you, there’s no better place to experience it than at the Crawfish Festival!

CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, The Food Channel, PBS and numerous other individual filmmakers have all done documentaries on the Crawfish Festival. It has been featured in Maxim Magazine, Southern Living, National Geographic, The New York Times, Country Cooking, Motorhome Living, and Better Homes and Garden publications. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival was named a top 10 Food Festival by USA Today.

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Association

The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Association (BBCFA) is a non-profit corporation which has donated well over $1.3 million in the past 25 years. The association enables various youth organizations in Breaux Bridge the opportunity to raise much needed funds on festival weekend for their groups.

The BBCFA has 25 directors who work diligently throughout the year to make each and every festival better than the previous year. This board oversees over 50 committees that are needed to organize the festival with hundreds of volunteers.

The offices of the Crawfish Festival are located at 520 Parkway Drive in Breaux Bridge. The mailing address is P.O. Box 25, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517. Phone 337.332.6655.

For more information, we recommend a visit to the official Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Web Site.

Breaux Bridge Cuisine and Restaurants

Breaux Bridge is known for its Cajun and Creole culture, and its legendary Cajun cooking and crawfish. Excellent Cajun cooking abounds in Breaux Bridge, whether your tastes tend to Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, Crawfish Bisque, Crawfish Pie, Fried Crawfish, Boudin or maybe even Fried Alligator!

 

Cafe des Amis, downtown, Breaux Bridge, LouisianaCafe des Amis, Breaux Bridge
(photograph by the author)

Here are located a number of popular restaurants such as Cafe des Ami ... we've dined there multiple times, and the atmosphere, service, and food are always excellent! Check with the restaurant before going, as it was reportedly closed in 2017 for renovations.

Other popular area restaurants include Poche Market & Restaurant, Crawfish Town USA, Chez Jacqueline Restaurant, Crazy Bout Crawfish Cajun Cafe, Le Cafe and others.

Swamp Tours in the Breaux Bridge Area

One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps! Most tours are concentrated in South Louisiana.

The area between Lafayette and Baton Rouge offers a number of swamp tours, operating from communities such as Breaux Bridge, Henderson, St. Martinvile and Plaquemine.

Learn more about Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Breaux Bridge History

In 1771, Acadian pioneer Firmin Breaux bought land in the present-day city of Breaux Bridge, and in 1799 built a suspension footbridge across the Bayou Teche to help ease the passage for  family and neighbors.

Area residents and visitors soon knew of the bridge, and began calling it “Breaux’s bridge”, later adopted as the city's name.

The town received its official founding in 1829 when Scholastique Picou Breaux drew up a plan called Plan de la Ville Du Pont des Breaux.

The Catholic church parish was created in 1847 and Breaux Bridge was officially incorporated in 1859. In 2009 Breaux Bridge celebrated its 150th birthday.

Area Towns Near Breaux Bridge

Nearby are the cities and towns of Abbeville, Henderson, Butte La Rose, Arnaudville, Cecilia and Broussard. It is also a short drive to St. Martinville and New Iberia.

See Breaux Bridge area map below.

For More Information about Breaux Bridge and Crawfish

Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce
City of Breaux Bridge Web Site
Breaux Bridge Tourism
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Web Site

Louisiana Office of Tourism
Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board ... Crawfish.Org
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The Louisiana Crawfish

Crawfish are freshwater crustaceans. Louisiana has more than 30 different species of crawfish, but only two species are commercially important to the industry; the red swamp crawfish and the white river crawfish.

Crawfish are healthy food. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein; low in calories, fat and saturated fat and a good source of vitamins.

More than 1,600 farmers produce crawfish, utilizing over 111,000 acres of man-made ponds. Louisiana is the largest producer of crawfish in the world. St. Martin Parish, Breaux Bridge’s home, produces the most crawfish in the state and has the most crawfish acreage in the area known as Acadiana.

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Map of Breaux Bridge

Photographs of Breaux Bridge and Crawfish

Shown below are a few photographs of downtown Breaux Bridge, plus crawfish and crawfish boil photographs, and scenes from the home of the crawfish: The Louisiana Swamp, and Breaux Bridge. Enjoy!

 

Cafe des Amis, downtown, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Cafe des Amis, downtown, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Bridge across Bayou Teche, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Bridge across Bayou Teche, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Downtown, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Downtown building with balcony, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Wrought iron gate, downtown, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Wrought iron gate, downtown, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

St. Bernard Catholic Church, downtown, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

St. Bernard Catholic Church, downtown, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Live Louisiana Crawfish, ready to be purged ... let the boil begin!

Live Louisiana Crawfish, ready to be purged ... let the boil begin!

Atchafalaya Basin Crawfish ... boiled to perfection, seasoned just right.

Ready to eat after a few minutes in the boiler!

Atchafalaya Basin Crawfish ... boiled to perfection, seasoned just right.

Enjoying the ultimate Breaux Bridge, Louisiana delicacy: boiled crawfish!

Enjoying the ultimate Breaux Bridge, Louisiana delicacy: boiled crawfish!

Atchafalaya Swamp Scene in South Louisiana

Courtesy of the Louisiana Office of Tourism

Atchafalaya Swamp Scene in South Louisiana

Large alligator in a Louisiana swamp

Large alligator in a Louisiana swamp

Sunset in the beautiful Louisiana swamp

Sunset in the beautiful Louisiana swamp
 

 

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