Breaux Bridge Louisiana


Breaux Bridge Travel and Tourism:
Cajun Crawfish Country!

Crawfish in Acadiana ... a South Louisiana tradition!

Bienvenu! In the heart of Cajun Country and Acadiana, just east of Lafayette on I-10 at Exit 109, 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 2017 Crawfish Festival will be held on May 5-7, 2017.

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!

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

Read Breaux Bridge restaurant reviews at TripAdvisor

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

 

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

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 held in Parc Hardy.

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 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).

Another fun day at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Another fun day 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.

The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Association (BBCFA) is a non-profit corporation which has donated well over one million three hundred thousand dollars in the past twenty five years and 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 2017 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival will be on May 5-7, 2017.

The offices of the Crawfish Festival are located at 520 Parkway Drive, Breaux Bridge LA, 70517.

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.

Breaux Bridge Hotels, Motels and Lodging

Hotels and Lodging in Nearby Lafayette Louisiana

 

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.

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.

Learn more about Louisiana crawfishing, the crawfishing industry, crawfish photographs, crawfish season, and more!

Breaux Bridge Video ... from Louisiana Travel


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

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Bridge across Bayou Teche, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Downtown, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Downtown building with balcony, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Wrought iron gate, downtown, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

Wrought iron gate, downtown, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

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

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

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

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

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

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!

 

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

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

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

Photographed and Copyright by the Author

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

Courtesy of the Louisiana Office of Tourism

Large alligator in a Louisiana swamp

Sunset in the beautiful Louisiana swamp

Courtesy of the Louisiana Office of Tourism

Sunset in the beautiful Louisiana swamp
 

 

Popular Tourist Attractions in Cajun Louisiana

 

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
WeLoveCrawfish.com