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Public invited to attend annual Pardoning of the Crawfish

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 12:36:47-05

LAFAYETTE, La. - The public is invited to attend this year's annual Pardoning of the Crawfish.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will host the 4th Annual Pardoning of the Crawfish at Cypress Lake on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This year's pardoning will be held on its traditional day, the Tuesday following Mardi Gras, March 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Started in 2017 by Nungesser, this event celebrates crawfish season in Louisiana and across the Gulf South.

For 2020, the crawfish of honor will be dubbed "Emile" in honor of J. Emile Verret, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor from 1944-1948 and a 1905 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then called the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute.