One of the traditions that make the Crawfish Festival so unique is its royalty— dating back to 1959 when the first crawfish queen was crowned.
“I have been attending the festival since I was a little girl so being able to be queen of my festival this weekend is something that I have been waiting for… it’s a dream come true,” says 2018 crawfish queen Gabielle Hebert.
She competed in the pageant about a month ago and has since been able to travel the state.
“It’s just been an amazing experience so far. I’ve been able to travel throughout Louisiana and represent Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, the crawfish capital of the world and there’s nothing better than that,” Hebert says.
Also reigning over the Crawfish Festival are the Junior Crawfish Queen, Little Master Pincher, and Little Miss Pincher.
“Let me be your GPS at the festival I love best. From the bands and the sweet cajun zydeco beats to the crawfish races and the best food you’ll ever eat,” says Junior Crawfish Queen Lucy Oliver.
“Come and pinch your way down to the crawfish festival where the crawfish are ‘mhm c’est bon’.” says Easton Colle, little Master Pincher.
Bonjour mes amis. If you want some cajun spice in your life join me for a hand-clappin’, toe-tappin’, good time at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, says Sawyer Hebert, Little Miss Pincher.
Gabrielle will represent the crawfish festival at the Washington Mardi Gras ball and at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens Pageant.