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(Long Beach, CA) – Get ready for Cajun and Creole cuisine, dance instruction & continuous dancing, Mardi Gras parade, watermelon & crawfish eating contests, activities for kids and teens

The Long Beach Bayou Festival, a Zydeco, Blues, Creole and Cajun festival is back with its Mardi Gras atmosphere, Cajun and Creole food delicacies and Blues, Cajun and Zydeco music at Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 E. Shoreline Drive, (at Linden Ave & Shoreline Drive), Long Beach, CA on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25, 2017. Hours are 11am – 9pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday. Info and tickets on the web or call: 562-912-4451.

Known for top-notch artists in Blues, Cajun and Zydeco, the festival features simultaneous stages of music along with plenty of activities for kids. As always, the large shaded wooden dance floor will be filled all weekend long. The easy dance instruction for all ages is always a popular feature, so even the most inexperienced dancers can join in on the fun.

 

Cajun/Zydeco Stage:

Dennis G & the Zydeco Trail Riders

Grammy winners, The Pine Leaf Boys

Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers

Mark St Mary Blues & Zydeco Band

T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers

Bonne Musique Zydeco and more!

 

New Orleans Stage:

Bernie Pearl

Whiteboy James

Jimbo Ross & the Bodacious Band

Café R&B

Seville and Company

Jumpin’ Jack Benny Band

Louie Cruz Beltran & more!

Popular festival traditions continue with a colorful costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a delectable French Quarter marketplace with gumbo, crawfish Etouffee, jambalaya, hush puppies and other Cajun and Creole delights, plus coffees and desserts such as sweet potato pie, beignets and an array of cobblers. The popular crawfish and watermelon eating contests also return this year.

Children of all ages appreciate the Kids Corner featuring storytelling, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, magic, and costume and mask making for the Mardi Gras Parade. The Kids Corner also features kids shows and games and activities for older kids are also featured.

Tickets: Adults: $25/day-advance, $30/day-gate; Seniors (60+) and Students (18+): $20/advance, $30 at the gate, Children 12 & under: free. Active Duty, Retired and Reservists of the Military: free with current, valid Military ID.

Rainbow Lagoon Park is located on the North side of Shoreline Drive, between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue.  Parking is available on the Marina Green Lot across from Rainbow Lagoon Park.

The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group.  A portion of the profits will benefit LALA (Louisiana to Los Angeles), a non-profit organization which raises educational funds for local youth to attend college.

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