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Bridge City, Louisiana — In 1973 the Louisiana Governor issued a proclamation naming Bridge City, “The Gumbo Capital of the World”. The Gumbo Festival festivities begin every second full weekend in October.

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 6 pm - 11:00 pm.

    Saturday at 10 am - 11:00 pm.

    Sunday at 10 am.

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 $5 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.

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