2020 broke our hearts in more ways than one. Schools closed, festivals canceled, holidays put on hold, and a robust hurricane season: the year came out swinging, and the hits did not stop. Things had started to look up in 2021, but in many ways proved that we cannot always plan for the worst. 2022 has turned over a new leaf, and the annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is planned to go on as usual this year. The dates for the festival are May 6 – May 8, 2022, and included in the weekend is a 30-band strong line-up, carnival rides, cook-offs, Cajun cuisine, and more. 2020 was the first year the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival had been canceled. Unfortunately, 2021 posed the same risks, and it was canceled again. First implemented in 1960 as a continuation of the Breaux Bridge Bicentennial Celebration, the festival has grown from a celebration in the town’s historic downtown area to encompassing all of Parc Hardy with multiple stages. Currently, people come from far and wide to celebrate the unique Cajun heritage Acadiana is known for. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is Cajun heritage condensed into a weekend-long celebration that highlights the town’s unique position as the crawfish capital of the world. The festival has an arts and crafts fair highlighting local and traveling tradespeople and vendors, Cajun dance lessons for those who want to learn the moves, crawfish eating contests, and many more events unique to the festival. The festival culminates in a parade down Rees Street featuring local police, dance troupes, politicians, and the festival King and Queen. The Crawfish Queen is chosen in the weeks leading up to the festival with a pageant, and the King is usually a man well-known and respected in the community.