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Port Barre Cracklin Festival

November 13 - November 15

Port Barre Cracklin Festival in Louisiana

There’s only one thing Louisiana loves more than boudin and that’s cracklins! Wait, what’s a cracklin? You’ve probably heard of pork rinds. Well, a cracklin is a pork rind’s bigger, better, and tastier sibling. This popular, southern snack is made by deep frying chunks of pork in its own rendered oil…twice. You can sample fresh pork cracklins at the Annual Port Barre Cracklin Festival. Every year, since 1985, locals and visitors alike have dashed to the small town of Port Barre in November to sample this Cajun treat.

Other tasty foods will be prepared on site. The festival also features a full carnival for kids, children’s games, a beauty pageant, and live Cajun, zydeco, and swamp pop music bands. The festival is a major fundraiser for the Port Barre Lions Club. Proceeds raised from this event fund reading glasses and eye exams to citizens in need.

The Cracklin Festival is held the second weekend in November every year. Ice chests, glass containers, and pets are not allowed. Children 10 and under get into the festival grounds for free.

Last Year’s Schedule:

5:00pm – 10:00 Family Night – Free Admission – Buy a ride bracelet and ride the carnival rides for one price all night.

5:00pm – Festival Opens
7:00 – 9:00 – Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
9:30 – 11:30 – Lance Dubroc

10 am – Festival Opens and Parade begins down Saizan St.
11:00 – 12:30 – Talent Show
12:30 – 2:00 – Richard Lebouef
2:30 – 4:00 – Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin’ Cajuns
4:00 – 5:00 – Presentation of Pageant winners
5:00 – 6:30 – Clay Cormier & The Highway Boys
7:00 – 9:00 – Dustin Sonnier & The Wanted
9:30 – 11:30 – Delta Badhand

10 am – Festival Opens
11:00 – 12:30pm – JC Melancon & Bayou Rock Band
1:00 – 3:00 – Alligator Blue
3:00 – 4:00 – Cracklin Cookoff Results and Awards Presentation
4:00 – 6:00 – Jeff Bates

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