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Crawfish pardoned by Lt. Governor to celebrate crawfish season

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 14:22:05-05

THIBODAUX — Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser granted an official pardon to a crawfish on Tuesday to celebrate crawfish season.

Lafitte the Crawfish was given the pardon during the Fifth Annual Pardoning of the Crawfish event at The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute on Nicholls State University campus in Thibodaux.

Official pardons for crawfish began in 2017 by Lt. Governor Nungesser and have been held annually on the first Tuesday following Mardi Gras.

The crustacean is named Lafitte in honor of Lafitte’s Landing Restaurant, Chef John Folse’s first restaurant in Louisiana.

In keeping with tradition, Barry Toups, owner of Crawfish Haven in Kaplan, caught and selected the guest of honor for his reprieve. Lafitte the Crawfish was then transported to the Nicholls State University campus where he was paraded through the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute.

Lt. Governor Nungesser then bestowed the official pardon upon Lafitte, delivering an official proclamation to the University and the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute to mark the event.

Following his pardoning, the Louisiana Office of State Parks transported Lafitte to Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego, Louisiana, where he will live out the rest of his days.

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