Deanie’s Pinch A Palooza Festival To Benefit Louisiana Organ Donor Procurement Agency
METAIRIE, LA – Just in time for Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month, Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant presents its 8th Annual Pinch A Palooza Festival and Crawfish Eating Contest on Sunday, April 23, at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant & Seafood Market, at 1713 Lake Ave., in Bucktown, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The free outdoor seafood festival will feature performances by seven bands including Flow Tribe, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Vince Vance & The Valiants, Rockin’ Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters, The Sheik with Resurrection, The Benchwarmers and Breakwater Drive.
The Zagat-rated Deanie’s Seafood will crown the champion of the Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Contest following two heats of competitors and a championship round. Each competitor will receive a Pinch A Palooza T-shirt and a Deanie's koozie. The Pinch A Palooza champion will receive a Deanie’s Seafood crawfish boil for 20 people, and other great prizes will be awarded. Registration is $20.
New this year, the winner of the Pinch A Palooza Junior Crawfish Eating Contest will win a Lil' Bit Crawfish Boil Set and a year of free kids meals (maximum two meals per month for 12 months, dine in only).
This contest is for crawfish lovers, aged 6 to 12, who want to compete for the title of Pinch A Palooza 2017 Junior Crawfish Eating Champion.
Pinch A Palooza is also a philanthropic event that helps raise awareness and support for local charitable organizations through Deanie’s Seafood’s Bucktown Philanthropic Trust. This year, the festival will support the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) during National Donate Life Month, a public awareness campaign to educate and encourage individuals to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.
Pinch A Palooza also supports Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month.
Deanie’s Seafood, one of the first restaurants in the Greater New Orleans region to serve boiled seafood, sought a resolution to raise awareness about the importance of the crawfish industry, recognize the fishermen of Louisiana and celebrate Louisiana’s Cajun French heritage. The resolution naming April “Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month” was sponsored by State Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, and signed and enrolled on April 15, 2015.
“Crawfish and seafood have a strong economic and cultural role in the lives of Louisianans, and this role is typified by family owned restaurants in Louisiana, such as Deanie's Seafood Restaurants and Seafood Market, where Louisiana's culture of strong family and community ties combines with culinary heritage and traditions,” the resolution reads.
Deanie's Seafood was the first restaurant and seafood market in the Greater New Orleans region to have earned Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 2014.
Deanie’s also has a second location in the French Quarter at 841 Iberville St.
“Each year, we look forward to celebrating Louisiana food, music and sense of community with our family friendly crawfish celebration Pinch A Palooza,” said Barbara Chifici, proprietor of Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants and Seafood Market. “This year is especially exciting, as we are also celebrating our 35th year as owner/operator of Deanie’s and the restaurant and market’s 56th year of operations in Bucktown.”
In addition to the lineup of local bands, Pinch A Palooza will offer inflatables and crawfish races for the kids and a performance by The 610 Stompers. A variety of Deanie’s crawfish specialties will be available for purchase, including crawfish nachos, crawfish balls, fried crawfish tails, crawfish étouffée, crawfish sausage and boiled Louisiana Crawfish served with corn and potatoes, plus a selection of non-seafood items, beer and specialty cocktails.
The Pinch A Palooza Festival will be emceed by Vince Vance.
Deanie’s Seafood’s Pinch A Palooza Fest draws nearly 5,000 people to the fishing village of Bucktown to get their crawfish fix during the peak of Crawfish Season, which runs from February through June.