With crawfish season in high gear, what crawfish boil would be complete without some good, two-stepping zydeco music to go with it?
Well, pull out those dancing shoes and get ready to dance the day away, along with eating some good hot and spicy crawfish — for a good cause — at the seventh annual Rotary Club of Galveston Crawfish Boil, which will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday under the Big White Tent (behind the Discovery Pyramid) at Moody Gardens, 7 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.
Don’t like crawfish? Well, have no fear, as boiled shrimp, barbecue beef-stuffed potatoes and Lighthouse Dogs, all cooked by the Lighthouse Charity team, will also be on deck for all to enjoy.
“The Galveston Rotary Crawfish Boil continues to prosper, with over 2,500 people expected to show-up for great food, live zydeco music and great fun,” said Scott Livanec, rotary crawfish event chair. “Now in its seventh year, the event has added dance and crawfish eating contests, beef brisket stuffed potatoes, red beans and rice and tasty shrimp to the menu. This boil has the reputation for having the biggest, tastiest crawfish around, and once again the Lighthouse Charity Team will be supporting Rotary and the Galveston community as the official cooks for the event. Also, back by popular demand, the Head Mudbug Chef himself, Robert Gaspard, will be traveling from Louisiana to oversee these culinary delights.”
The event, which is presented by the Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust Fund, will feature live music by Mustang and his Two-Steppin’ Zydeco Band. The band is making a return — by popular demand — to the annual event which raises moneys to continue the Rotary’s mission of helping the many nonprofits, and humanitarian and educational projects and programs in Galveston.
“All proceeds generated from this fundraising event will be distributed through the Rotary Club of Galveston’s Galveston Rotary Foundation to in turn be distributed to Galveston organizations dedicated to improving our local community’s health, education and welfare,” Livanec said.
Along with the live zydeco music, there will be a zydeco dance contest, the crowning of the festival’s zydeco dance king and dance queen, a children’s crawfish eating contest, raffles and a moonwalk for the kiddos as well.
Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at www.galvestonchamber.com or by calling the chamber, 409-763-5326. Tickets also can be purchased at the chamber, 2228 Mechanic St., Suite 101, in Galveston. All tickets at the door are $30 per person. Admission to the event is free.
“On behalf of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, we’re so proud to partner with the Rotary Club of Galveston on this extraordinary community event,” said Gina Spagnola, president and CEO of the chamber. “Knowing that all proceeds raised from this annual event are returned to the community through projects and programs that benefit and ensure a better quality of life for Galveston is a great reason for the community to come out and enjoy an afternoon filled with live zydeco music, great food and fun fellowship. Hope to see you there.”