(KLFY) Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will hold the 3rd Annual Pardoning of the Crawfish at Cypress Lake Plaza Tuesday on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Nungesser will oversee this year’s pardoning and he said he is quite pleased with the move of this event to Lafayette, according to The Vermilion.
“We’re going to have a good time,” Nungesser said. “It’s a great thing to do and I’m glad we were able to move it to the university to involve the students. It’s also a lot closer to where all those great crawfish are farmed.” Nugesser said.
According to Barry Landry, director of communications at the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, this year’s lucky crawfish will hail from Kaplan. Once his farmer, Barry Toups, selects Clyde from his bunch, the tiny mudbug will be treated to the life of luxury as he makes his way to UL Lafayette for his official pardon.
With his arrival, greetings beyond those of the lieutenant governor will include: UL Lafayette President Joseph Savoie, Ed.D, the Crawfish Queen and Ben Berthelot with the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, all present at the event for the kicking off crawfish season, according to The Vermilion.
Once pardoned, Landry said the state has plans for Clyde’s post-pardoning celebration at his new home in Palmetto Island State Park.
“He will be released by Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries officials to live out his days burrowing in the mud of his new home,” Landry said.
“This year’s lucky crustacean will be named Clyde in honor of Dr. Clyde Rougeou who served as president of what was then the University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1966-1974,” Landry said.
Under the time of Rougeou, who is also honored with a building in his name on campus, UL Lafayette’s postgraduate classes flourished. During those years the university began its first doctoral programs while also adding graduate programs such as English, history, mathematics, education and computer science.
The event will also serve as an official kickoff to the 2019 crawfish season, one which Nungesser said he hopes will flourish.
“Hopefully this little bit of warm weather will make them come out,” Nungesser said. “And then our farmers can get some good-sized crawfish on the market.”