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GMA Dave Trips: Breaux Bridge

The Crawfish Capital of the World
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Posted at 5:30 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 06:11:57-04

Most of us are familiar with the city of Breaux Bridge. Fermin Breaux arrived in the area well before the United States was born.

A footbridge he built and maintained across Bayou Teche became known as Breaux’s Bridge. His son built the first bridge to accommodate wagons. When he died, his widowed wife Scholastique sold parts of her land to Acadian settlers. The town was officially founded, and adopted the name Breaux Bridge.

Today, Breaux Bridge is experiencing growth. With the expansion of I-10, Breaux Bridge could easily be the next population boom within Acadiana. It’s position, just 6 miles from Lafayette, makes for an easy commute. But many commute toward Baton Rouge. On a good day you can get there in 45 minutes. Perhaps that’s why Breaux Bridge has produced so many Louisiana politicians!

Breaux Bridge has some pretty famous people too! Former Miss USA, Ali Landry. Musician, Branford Marsalis. NFL Super Bowl Quarterback, Jake Delhomme. And Musician, Hunter Hays.

The Legislature declared Breaux Bridge The Crawfish Capital of the World in 1959. The Crawfish Festival began a year later. Up to 30,000 people arrive for this mudbug massacre. If each person eats 3-5 pound of crawfish, that’s more than 100,000 pounds!!!

Wait? You say you’re still hungry? There are several places for you to eat and drink. After, you can shop, walk, kayak or canoe, or just sit back and watch the bayou.