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Lent, seafood seasons officially begin

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BATON ROUGE - Today marks the start of Lent, a time when those who observe will cutting back on meat.

As a result, places like Tony's Seafood are prepared with additional orders.

"It's going to be busy through the whole Lenten season," said co-owner of Tony's Seafood, Bill Pizzolato. "Fridays are some of our biggest days."

Many customers observing Lent stocked up on seafood today.

"I have to cook for about 40 people," said Dick Landry. "Were making spaghetti and shrimp, shrimp and spaghetti."

Crawfish is also a hot item. Mark Hicks bought 30 pounds of the spicy crustaceans for his family. He says the box won't last long.

"It's more of a celebration and a good thing denying yourself," said Hicks. "Personally, I can't eat meat today, I'm tickled to eat crawfish today."

At Tony's more than 100,000 pounds of crawfish are sold each week. During Lent that number jumps to 120,000 pounds.

Pizzolato says the market price is a dollar less than last year, and is expected to drop further with some good weather.

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