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Crazy for crawfish? Head to MidCity for this festival

The third annual event is April 22 at The Camp in the MidCity District.
Credit: City of Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Last year's Crawfish Festival in the MidCity district served up 5,000 pounds of the crustaceous critters to more than 10,000 guests. Organizers hope to top that this year, guaranteeing at least 7,500 pounds of crawfish to hungry patrons.

Like in years past, it's free to get in, and visitors have the option to buy a 2-pound box of crawfish, with sides of sausage, corn, or potato. There is also an extended menu of items containing crawfish - nachos, loaded baked potato, and more.

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There is also a lengthy bill of fare - for music. The curated lineup of Southern and New Orleans-inspired musicians includes:

  • Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
  • Funk You
  • Flow Tribe
  • Quantaphonics
  • Admiral Phunk
  • John Papa Gros

MidCity partners each year with Octo Hospitality to put on the Crawfish Festival. The co-founders of Octo Hospitality are both New Orleans natives and are excited to bring a taste of home to the Huntsville area.

This year's sponsors include The Prewitt Group, T-Mobile, Lanier Ford, Tito's Vodka, and Bradford Building.

Parking is also free in the areas immediately surrounding The Camp (5909 University Drive NW). The beats and the boiling commence at noon on Saturday, April 22. It will wrap up at 11:45 p.m.

No matter what you call them - crawfish, crawdads, crayfish or mudbugs - you're guaranteed to get your fill of Louisiana-style hospitality in the heart of Huntsville this weekend!

Did you know? Crawfish sport eight pairs of legs - four built for walking, and four for swimming.

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