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Apr 30, 2010 7:48 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Crawfish Festival

As the situation deteriorates along the coast, many folks are trying to take their minds off the crude devastation while they can.

The 50th Annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is underway this weekend. The 3 day event is filled with nearly 30 bands, a huge carnival and over 100 vendors. Food vendors will be serving up all sorts of concoctions, including a diverse selection of crawfish dishes.

But, as people try to unwind, the impact of the massive oil spill is ever-present. One New Orleans vendor, who makes his way to Acadiana every year for this unique festival, says businesses like his are also impacted by the crude disaster.

"Everybody is going to be affected by that oil spill. I mean, you've got to look at it.... this is a seafood place, this is a seafood country. Without the seafood, we don't have any supply," Andy Bucalan said.

Crawfish Festival Publicist, Angelique Bernard, says she knows the oil spill has an affect on festival goers. But, she says this weekend they will try to relax and celebrate the 50 year milestone of an Acadiana tradition.

"It's exciting to be able to say that we've achieved what we have been achieving all these years," Bernard said.

Friday night, HBO producers will be on site, filming scenes for their new hit show, "Treme." They're working with the Pine Leaf Boys. The episode will air later in May.

The Festival continues through Sunday, May 2nd in Breaux Bridge.

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