Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Eunice, Louisiana: Crawfish Etoufee Cook-Off


Eunice Crawfish Etoufee Cook-Off, March 2014. 



March brings the Eunice Crawfish Etoufee Cook-Off. The 2014 event was the 29th Annual, sha.


Eunice Crawfish Etoufee Cook-Off, March 2014. 



It's extraordinary to smell the fragrances of  muddy bayou, spicy crawfish boil, and cinnamon buns all at once. I couldn't decide if I loved it or felt repelled by it. Attempts to come to a conclusion required many careful inhalations, to no avail. 


Eunice Crawfish Etoufee Cook-Off, March 2014. 


The cultural fusion depicted below is pretty astounding in its complexity, even though it may appear kitschy on the surface. Everything means something: the colors, the courir de Mardi Gras mask and hat, the more urban Mardi Gras crown, the use of the crawfish as a totem; the beads, the gold coin, the fishing basket.  At least some features date back more than a thousand years


Eunice Crawfish Etoufee Cook-Off, March 2014. 


There was a woman at the festival selling handmade dolls for the Wishing Doll Project.

Eunice Crawfish Etoufee Cook-Off, March 2014. 

The Wishing Doll Project sells the handmade dolls to support enhancements in high poverty, high performance schools. The current drive is for an outdoor reading garden at Eunice's East Elementary School.

Do you think I loved this t-shirt? It really made me laugh.

Eunice Crawfish Etoufee Cook-Off, March 2014. 


The KBON radio guy kindly posed for me so I could get a good pic of it.

Of course, there is no southern Louisiana festival without music and dancing.

Eunice Crawfish Etoufee Cook-Off, March 2014. 


And here's a slide show:



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