It began in 1960, the year after the Louisiana Legislature had declared Breaux Bridge the Crawfish Capitol of the world, as a spin-off of the town's Centennial Celebration. Fifty years later, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is a world renown celebration of Louisiana's most distinct crustacean. Opening ceremonies kick off at 4:30 p.m. today, followed immediately by the celebrity crawfish eating contest. Tonight's music lineup includes the Pine Leaf Boys, Feufollet and High Performance. Tomorrow's schedule features much more music, as well as zydeco and Cajun dance lessons and contests, crawfish races and another crawfish eating contest. For more information, visit www.bbcrawfest.com.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.