What’s that smell? That’s crawfish season in the air. With spring rapidly approaching, it’s time to take in the flavors of New Orleans’ longtime seafood tradition and celebrate the city’s distinct culinary flair– with crawfish at the center. On Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m., the Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil will take place outside Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street, an extravaganza boasting no less than 5,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. The sixth annual block party began in 2013 to celebrate the life of musician and chef Jamie Galloway.
This year’s musical lineup will feature live performances all day long, including George Porter Jr, Papa Mali, Honey Island Swamp Band, John “Papa” Gros, SOUL Brass Band, and many more. The family friendly party offers something for everyone, including a kid’s tent, a VIP area, and volunteers from the Mystic beaded Dames de Perlage.
Expect a whole lot of edible critters: the block party’s goal this year is determined to set the Guinness world record for the longest crawfish table. Boil masters Jason Seither and Clesi’s Restaurant & Catering will be serving up enough crawfish for roughly 800 attendees. Those interested can purchase tickets in advance online or at the door. All proceeds for the event will go towards healthcare and funding at the Musician’s Clinic.