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Bayou fun beside the bay

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 10, 2005

Organizers promise 5 tons of crawfish this weekend at the annual Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival, done up in every style: boiled, fried, grilled and in etoufee, jambalaya, maque choux, pasta, sausage and more.

But not all the mudbugs are destined for a plate. Above, Tony Coakley Jr. encourages a live one toward the finish line as part of the kids' activities at last year's fest.

There's also other food from Louisiana, including muffulettas, gumbo, barbecued shrimp and bread pudding, plus music from some of the region's best. The Porchdogs and Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie are scheduled Friday night; Delafose returns Saturday afternoon, followed by Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys and Beausoleil. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys and Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers close the festival Sunday.

The festival moves to Vinoy Park on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront for the first time. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at the park, Fifth Avenue NE at Bayshore Drive. $10 daily, $25 three-day pass; kids admitted free. 727 892-5767 or

[Last modified March 9, 2005, 09:40:04]

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