Bienvenu! In the heart of Cajun Country and Acadiana, just east of Lafayette on I-10, is the community of Breaux Bridge, the Crawfish Capital of the World, close to Henderson, the gateway to the great Atchafalaya Swamp.
In 1959, the Louisiana Legislature designated Breaux Bridge as "the Crawfish Capital of the World".
Breaux Bridge, located on historic Bayou Teche, is the site of the world famous Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival.
The most recent crawfish festival was held on May 2-4, 2014.
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, 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!
Also well known nationwide is Mulate's Cajun Restaurant on Mills Avenue.
Breaux Bridge is known far and wide as the "Crawfish Capital of the World", and is home of the popular annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival.
Visitors will enjoy tasting crawfish prepared in every imaginable way—fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs, along with other Cajun favorites (shrimp, crab, gumbo, red beans and rice, just to name a few).
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 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.
The next crawfish festival will be held on May 2-4, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about Louisiana crawfishing, the crawfishing industry, crawfish photographs, crawfish season, and more!
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!