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Crowds clamor for crawfish on Easter weekend

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Posted: Apr 6, 2012 4:25 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Apr 6, 2012 6:27 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: crawfish, easter, seafood, boil, price

BATON ROUGE- Thousands of people are flocking to seafood shops and crawfish stands to get a taste of the swamp's tastiest treat.

The crimson crustacean is often a favorite dish during the Easter weekend and some come from miles away to get a taste.

"I started off at 6:30 this morning and landed at 10:00 in the morning, so it's pretty nice to come down and have a taste of Louisiana," said Welton Moore, a pilot who flew in from Detroit.

Experts tell News 2 the crawfish supply is good, but demand is extremely high. At Tony's Seafood, crews will boil more than 100,000 pounds of crawfish this weekend alone.

Many families are buying live crawfish and preparing for a weekend boil.

"I get the lighter stuff, the smaller stuff, you know the lemons the onions and let all the younger guys do all the boiling and the cooking, it works out well for all of us," said Randy Rice, who was shopping for supplies.

The price of crawfish is around $3.29 a pound, which could decline after the Easter weekend. Experts say the crops could last through June.

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