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2018 Bridge City Gumbo Festival

In 1973 the Louisiana Governor issued a proclamation naming Bridge City, “The Gumbo Capital of the World”. The 2018 Gumbo Festival festivities begin on Friday, October 12th and end Sunday, October 14th.

Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, directly across the Huey P. Long Bridge from New Orleans, the festival is held at:

Gumbo Festival Park in Angel Square
1701 Bridge City Ave.
Bridge City, LA 70094

Festival grounds open at the following times:
Friday at 5 p.m.
Saturday at 12 noon
Sunday at 10 a.m.

The festival grounds close at the following times:
Friday at 11 p.m.
Saturday at 11 p.m.
Sunday at 9 p.m.

Bridge City’s “World Famous” gumbo is cooked daily at the festival grounds and over 2,000 gallons of both seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo will be prepared for our attendees during the festival.

A variety of other native Louisiana cuisine such as jambalaya, New Orleans-style red beans and rice with sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, fried seafood, homemade cakes and candies, funnel cakes and many other delicious surprises will also be available.

Because Cajun folk traditions are rooted in an appreciation for food, our Cajun cooks challenge champions in the Gumbo Cooking Contest, and invite everyone to enter.

Continuous live entertainment and a fais-do-do (dance) area provide a focal point for the festival’s outdoor activities. Appearances by local and visiting bands of Cajun, country, zydeco, jazz, blues and rock music highlight the weekend’s attractions. Parking is free to the public.  Admission to the fairgrounds is $3 per attendee.

Miss Creole Gumbo and King Creole Gumbo  will be present to greet and welcome attendees. The  Gumbo Festival will be open to arts and crafts vendors to sell their goods and products.

Previous Kings of  Bridge City Gumbo Festival

XLIII – Billy Nungesser
XLII – Elton Lagasse
XLI – John Young
XL- Damian LeCompte
XXXIX- Warren Deemer

XXXVIII- Thomas Lambert
XXXVII- Al Guidry
XXXVI- Elray Philip Cassard
XXXV- Donald R Ducote
XXXIV-Anthony Young
XXXIII-Edward Rome
XXXII – Gary Girard
XXXI-Jose’ Bran Sr.
XXX – Msgr. Joseph Anthony Luminias
XXIX – Raymond Naquin
XXVIII – Larry Palmisano
XXVII – Nichol Verdin, Sr.
XXVI – Charles Young
XXV – Donald Thibodeaux
XXIV – Nolan Bruce
XXIII – Floyd Troxler, Sr.
XXII – Bob Boyer
XXI – James Lawson
XX – N. J. Damico
XIX – Carl Perkins
XVIII – Walter Zimmerman
XVII – Jimmy Boatwright
XVI – Tommy Leggett
XV – Sidney Laurent, Sr.
XIV – Andrew Hebert
XIII – Bob Livingston
XII – Lloyd Giardina
XI – Edward Blanchard
X – Sheriff Harry Lee
IX – E. J. Simon, Jr.
VIII – Salvador Scanio
VII – John Noel
VI – James Fitzmorris, Jr.
V – Sen. Elwyn J. Nicholson
IV – Nolan Orgeron
III – Joseph Hymel, Sr.
II – Gov. Edwin Edwards
I – Paul Connick

Previous Queens of Bridge City Gumbo Festival

2016 – Lyndsey Gabrielle Davis
2015 – Michaela Rose Frey
2014 – Jami Griffin Prima
2013 – Amanda Dufrene Shields
2012 – Jacquelyn Hughes Bertucci
2011 – Brandi Agoff Hebert
2010 – Lauren Ann Miller Weber
2009 – Kristiana Angèl Romero
2008 – Kayla Elizabeth Troxler Lefort
2007 – Ashleigh Young
2006 – Brittinie Landry Sparks
2005 – Angel Harrington Hebert
2004 – Jeanne Harrington Plaisance
2003 – Kim Theresa Pierre
2002 – Jenna Palmisano Breaux
2001 – Tara Bergeron
2000 – Christian Boatwright Meacham
1999 – Amber Bergeron Harvey
1998 – Amy Palmisano Tullis
1997 – Carla Perkins Quiambao
1996 – Marci Guilbeau Couture
1995 – Julie Alvarez Dixon
1994 – Verna Lepine Scully
1993 – Millie Harris
1992 – Shonty Tassin Schulze
1991 – Holly Sampey Gambino
1990 – Cindy Hymel Bourg
1989 – Angie Albarado Mahler
1988 – Julie Neck
1987 – Denise Robin Bourgeois
1986 – Nikole Larousse Hebert
1985 – Sheri Harris Gillio
1984 – Cheryl Danos Farman
1983 – Lynn Holloway Davis
1982 – Debbie Bennett Ory
1981 – Stephanie Boatwright Rodriguez
1980 – Dara McCrary Senac
1979 – Nancy Walker Arnold
1978 – Sabrina Boatwright Palmisano
1977 – Jackie Hymel Walker
1976 – Julie Denny Hamann
1975 – Penny Bladsacker Marshall
1974 – Wendy Scioneaux Petit
1973 – Brenda Morehouse

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