Kids’ Activities


Pinch A Palooza is perfect event for family & kids


Crawfish Races and other kids activities

Who doesn’t love a crawfish race? Children can select their mudbugs and line them up for an epic crawfish dash to the finish line. Cheer on the competing crustaceans from the sidelines, or get in there and pick a winner! The kids love getting up close and personal with the live crawfish, and prizes will be awarded to winners. Pinch A Palooza also features arts and crafts, a Crawfish Tic-Tac-Toe board, face-painting, bounce houses and inflatables for the kids. Plus take a selfie with Deanie’s adorable mascot, Pincher the Crawfish.

Family Friendly Live Music and Entertainment

This year’s Pinch A Palooza features some of the best local talent around New Orleans. The stellar lineup includes Louisiana Hall of Fame inductee Vince Vance & The Valiants, New Orleans’ party band The Topcats and more, plus actor/comedian Johnny Rock as emcee.

Food and Refreshments

At Pinch A Palooza, you can find Deanie’s crawfish specialties like crawfish nachos, crawfish balls, fried crawfish tails, crawfish étoufée, and thousands of pounds of fresh boiled Louisiana crawfish served with corn and potatoes for every member of the family to enjoy.  For the less adventurous, an onsite food truck will serve up standards like burgers and chicken fingers. Some Pinch a Palooza attendees have even tried their very first crawfish at this festival… maybe your child or family member will, too!   

Pinch A Palooza will have a convenient ATM van on site thanks to our sponsor Metairie Bank, as well as several portalets and hand-washing stations for our outdoor event. Tented seating is available, and lawn chairs are welcome. Please, no pets or outside food or drinks.

Join us on Sat., April 20 for the 10th-annual Pinch A Palooza Festival and Crawfish Eating Contest at Deanie’s Seafood in Bucktown!

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