Deanie's Seafood Pinch A Palooza


Just in time for crawfish season, Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant presents the 9th-annual Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest on Sun., April 22 at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant & Seafood Market in Bucktown. Pinch A Palooza 2018 will feature live performances by The Topcats, Bucktown All-Stars, Vince Vance & The Valiants, Cowboy Mouth, Roux the Day and more—plus the 9th-annual Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Contest.

Actor, comedian, host and New Orleans native Johnny Rock will emcee Pinch A Palooza for the second year, and the all-male dance krewe the 610 Stompers, which has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities and performed at countless events since starting out in 2009, will perform on the Pinch A Palooza stage for the 7th year!

The Pinch A Palooza Kids Crawfish Eating Contest returns for its second year. Crawfish lovers age 6 to 12 can enter the day of the festival to compete for the title of Pinch A Palooza 2018 Junior Crawfish Eating Champion.The $5 kids contest registration fee includes a Pinch A Palooza T-shirt. The festival also offers the only Live Crawfish Tic Tac Toe table in the world!

The free outdoor seafood festival takes place from noon to 8 p.m., Sun., April 22 at Deanie’s Seafood’s original restaurant and seafood market in Bucktown, 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie. Admission is free. Information is available at A portion of the proceeds from Pinch A Palooza will benefit The Good Shepherd School.

Adults 18 and up can enter to compete in the 9th annual Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Contest at The contest includes two heats and a final round, and the Pinch A Palooza Champion and Runner Up will receive great prizes, including a grand prize of a crawfish boil for 20 people provided by Deanie’s Seafood. Registration is $20 per person, and each contestant receives a Pinch A Palooza T-shirt and koozie.

Headliner and New Orleans-based rockers Cowboy Mouth—led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Fred LeBlanc—have performed for more than 9 million fans over their 25+-year career. Always a crowd pleaser, the band’s spotlight success “Jenny Says,” which climbed into the upper half of the Billboard rock charts in the early nineties, will be sure to rock the house.

“We hope to make Pinch A Palooza bigger and better each year. It’s our way of thanking the community for patronizing Deanie’s—by throwing a big neighborhood crawfish boil that celebrates Louisiana’s food, music and sense of community,” said Barbara Chifici, proprietor of Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants & Seafood Market. In addition to the lineup of local bands, Pinch A Palooza offers activities for kids, including inflatables, crafts, Crawfish Tic Tac Toe and live crawfish races.

A variety of Deanie’s crawfish specialties will be available for purchase, including hot boiled Louisiana Crawfish served with corn and potatoes, crawfish nachos, crawfish balls, fried crawfish tails, crawfish étouffée, plus a selection of non-seafood items, draft beer and specialty cocktails.

Deanie’s Bucktown Philanthropic Trust Contributes to Local Groups

Pinch A Palooza is a crawfish celebration and festival during “Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month” and philanthropic event that helps raise awareness and support of local charitable organizations through Deanie’s Seafood’s Bucktown Philanthropic Trust. Pinch A Palooza 2018 will support The Good Shepherd Nativity Mission School, a faith-based elementary school serving low-income families in New Orleans.  


Noon-1 p.m.       Roux the Day

1-1:20 p.m.        Pinch A Palooza Junior Crawfish Eating Contest

1:20-2:35 p.m.    The Bucktown All-Stars

2:35-2:55 p.m.    Crawfish Eating Contest - Heat 1

2:55-3:10 p.m.    Entertainment from comedian/emcee Johnny Rock

3:10-3:30 p.m.    Crawfish Eating Contest - Heat 2

3:30-4:45 p.m.    The Topcats

4:35-4:55 p.m.    Crawfish Eating Contest Championship Round

4:55-6:10 p.m.    Vince Vance & The Valiants

6:10-6:25 p.m.    The 610 Stompers

6:40-8:10 p.m.    Cowboy Mouth