Cajun Gold was one of the first acts on the main stage of the Crawfish Festival on Saturday pumping the crowd up on one the of the biggest days of the year for local Cajun and Zydeco bands.
"It's a great festival to play for. It is good people to play for. Wonderful crowd as you can see we had too. If you're a musician this is an absolute paradise," says Cajun Gold band member Paul Daigle"
Daigle says it's a chance for local bands to reconnect with the fans that made them big and celebrate Acadiana's love for music.
"The hometown feel you get from the people that come out there's a lot of family that came out and a lot of friends personal people that come to our dances on a regular basis they're all out here today," says Daigle.
Daigle's band mate Mark Latiolais says the crawfish festival is not just a celebration, but an opportunity for bands and festival goers to reaffirm their Cajun roots.
"There are some people coming from all around, but a lot of local musicians come out here and play they keep everything traditional with the Zydeco and Cajun," says Latiolais.
And tradition Latiolais says is why there were thousands in attendance to the festival.
"People around here really love it I mean that's what they grew up on so they like that style of music and it's what they're used to having and what they want to hear," says Latiolais.
Even those not from Acadiana wanted to hear the Zydeco and Cajun music and even traveling thousands of miles to listen and dance.
"It's infectious; it's lively; it's something we don't hear back in the U. K. at all," says Lynda Grabhan who came all the way from the U. K.