Sure, you may be exhausted from last week's Lafayette marathon, otherwise known as Festival International de Louisiane, but this is no time to put your feet up and be a weenie.

There's still plenty of fun things to do and it begins right here in our figurative backyard with Downtown Alive! in Lafayette, and all weekend over at our neighbor's place in Breaux Bridge at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival.

DTA! will be under way

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Gregg Martinez

At DTA! tonight, check out Gregg Martinez and the Delta Kings at Parc Sans Souci in the often imitated but never duplicated free, smoke-free, family-friendly, outdoor concert.

According to DTA!, Martinez plays a blend of blues, R&B and swamp pop music he describes as “bayou blues and Creole soul.”

Lil' Buck Sinegal takes the Parc Sans Souci stage next week, followed by the Creole String Beans (May 18), Lil Wayne & the Same Ol' Two Step (May 25). DTA! closes out June 1 with Rareluth and Royal Teeth.

DTA! begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverage concessions – music goes from 6-8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Concession sales help keep DTA! free, so please leave your ice chests at home with your pets (speaking of weenies, for dog's sake). For more information, go here

Downtown Alive! is produced by Downtown Lafayette in cooperation with Lafayette Consolidated Government.

BBCF features the best of Cajun, zydeco

Meanwhile at Pont Breaux, aka Breaux Bridge, if it's the first full weekend in May then it's the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, aka the premiere setting for Cajun and zydeco music around.

Music begins Friday and runs through Sunday and the lineup includes Kira Viator & Bayou Beat, Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys, High Performance, Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns, Ryan Brunet & Malfecteurs Jambalaya w/ D.L. Menard, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Forest Huval est Les Bordels, Ray Abshire, Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours, Greg Martiniez & the Delta Kings, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Family Band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Nik-L-Beer, Yvette Landry, Huval Family Band, Corey Ledet, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Horace Trahan & the New Ossun Express, Travis Matte & The Kingpins, Hunter Courville & Cajun Fever, Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun, Damon Troy & Final Five, Warren Storm,Willie Tee & Cypress, ReFlex, Bonne Chance and Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers.

With good music comes food, and you'll find entrees like Crawfish Etouffee, Fried Crawfish, Crawfish Boudin, Crawfish Po-Boys, Crawfish Spinach Boat, Crawfish Jambalaya, Crawfish Pies, Eggplant Crawfish and Shrimp Jambalaya, and of course, Boiled Crawfish and more.

Dancing will help you work up an appetite for the Crawfish Eating Contest where you’ll have to eat over 55 pounds to break the record. You can also show your culinary skills at the Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off. And bring a ringer for the World Famous Crawfish Races. Also competitively slated are the Cajun Dance Contest and the Zydeco Dance Contest.

BBCF royalty will be highlighted in Sunday's parade and locals will compete for the best float prizes.

Go here for more information, or call (337) 332-6655.

 

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