Crawfish Music Festival kicks off at the Coast Coliseum

Crawdads and good music will collide for the rest of the week as an annual festival returns to the grounds of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Rain dominated the first day of the Crawfish Music Festival, but after being put on hold last year due to COVID-19, officials say they’re glad to be back. Mississippi Coast Coliseum Executive Director Matt McDonnell said, “This is the biggest and most fun event that we get to do every year here at the Coliseum, and we really do look forward to it because putting the lineup or the talent together takes a little bit of time and it’s fun to imagine how many folks they’ll draw.”

In the coming days, festivalgoers will see a lineup of musical talent, including Riley Green and Hardy. As the name implies, local vendors are boiling up tons of crawfish for folks to enjoy as they walk among the fair rides. Brett Desporte with Quality Poultry and Seafood said, “We’re cooking about 2,000 pounds this weekend, and it takes a pretty good long period of time to get prepared for it, takes us about an hour to do each boil.”

Social distancing is still encouraged for guests with signs and sanitation stations displayed throughout, among other precautions.

Coliseum officials ask people to check the weather for the rest of the week before they make their plans to head to the festival. “We have the capability of being able to do events inside and outside, so the people that bought those advance tickets to see Riley Green, or Hardy, or Blackberry Smoke, they’ll be able to see those acts rain or shine.”

Rain or shine, everyone involved is excited to be back for the 28th edition of a Mississippi Coast tradition. “We’re back, ready to enjoy good crawfish and hope to see everybody out this weekend at the crawfish festival.”

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