Cajun & Creole Food
If the taste of New Orleans cuisine is what you’re looking for, you’ll find many options at Gumbo Ya Ya. We’re still finalizing the food vendors for this year, but previous fests have included:
- a variety of gumbo and jambalaya
- red beans and rice
- shrimp Creole
- crawfish etouffee
- bourbon chicken
- barbecue pork, beef, and chicken
If you don’t like the Cajun flavors, traditional festival foods will also be available. Cold refreshments available at the Gumbo Ya Ya Beer Stations including; Miller Lite, Coors Light, Abita (New Orleans Brewed) and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
Bring On Da Crawfish!
The annual Crawfish Eating Contest will be held at 9:30 p.m. on the Plaza Stage, with B100′s Morning Show Hosts, Red Hot Brian Scott & Cody Tucker.
You could be the winner with the crowd cheering you on with the chant, “Pinch the tail, Suck the head!”
French Quarter Marketplace
The merchants are inspired by the French Quarter Marketplace in New Orleans, a place where you can find almost anything. Official Gumbo Ya Ya t-shirts and other Mardi Gras accessories (Mardi Gras masks, specialty beads, etc.) are available for purchase. Local & Regional artists will sell hand-crafted jewelry, paintings, and photography. Merchants will sell clothing, accessories, and jewelry. Novelties will include psychics, airbrush tattoos, and flamboyant street performers.
Mardi Gras Beads
Over 20,000 strands of Mardi Gras beads will be thrown to the crowd throughout the weekend. Do you know what the different colors of the beads represent? The most dominant color at Mardi Gras is purple, and it represents justice. Green stands for faith, and gold represents power. These three colors are intertwined in almost all Mardi Gras decorations.