Celebrating all things Cajun at 4-day Gator by the Bay
by DAVE SCHWAB
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Cajun food, music and lifestyle will be on full display for four days during this year’s Gator by the Bay event at Spanish Landing Park from May 8 through May 11.                   Courtesy photo
Cajun food, music and lifestyle will be on full display for four days during this year’s Gator by the Bay event at Spanish Landing Park from May 8 through May 11. Courtesy photo
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Cajun food, music and lifestyle will be on full display for four days during this year’s Gator by the Bay event at Spanish Landing Park from May 8 through May 11.                   Courtesy photo
Cajun food, music and lifestyle will be on full display for four days during this year’s Gator by the Bay event at Spanish Landing Park from May 8 through May 11. Courtesy photo
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Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend Cajun style this year at Gator by the Bay event, the 13th annual Louisiana parade, music and food festival running from Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, May 11 at Spanish Landing Park on North Harbor Drive across from the San Diego International Airport.

The largest authentic Louisiana-themed festival west of the Mississippi features four days of live music on six stages.

Guests will enjoy a zesty gumbo of music, food and joie de vivre with 85-plus entertaining performances and culinary delights, including 10,000 pounds of fresh live crawfish straight from the Louisiana Bayou.

Presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club, the festival annually hosts more than 17,000 visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

“This festival is the best way to experience the rich and exciting culture of Louisiana, aside from actually being there, of course,” said Al Gardner, president of The Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego.

Since the first festival in 2001, which focused heavily on the Louisiana sound with Zydeco and Cajun bands, the festival’s lineup has grown to include a wide variety of musical genres with both local and visiting musicians.

The Zydeco and Cajun artists hail from a noble legacy of American music, originating from the bayous of southwest Louisiana and the descendants of African and Caribbean immigrants. Blues acts include a wide range of blues styles from deep-rooted Delta and Chicago Blues to lively jump, jive and boogie-woogie offerings. Also on stage is a great sampling of regional and visiting bands performing gypsy jazz, salsa, western swing, rockabilly, bluegrass and traditional country.

The food, served up in the French Quarter Food Court, features the authentic tastes of Louisiana with many vendors making the cross-country trip especially for the festival.

Shoppers will delight in the carefully selected vendors participating in the crafts market that will feature art, handmade jewelry, sculptures, candles, mosaics, dancing shoes, outlandish hats, Mardi Gras-inspired festival clothing, exciting fashion accessories, musical artwork, puzzles and intriguing games.

In partnership with Gator by the Bay, the Louisiana Office of Tourism is sponsoring a free sweepstakes drawing, open to all ticket holders, for a chance to win one of two trips for two to visit Louisiana — a New Orleans trip or a trip to the Bayou country of Lafayette and Lake Charles.

For more information and a full entertainment schedule, visit  www.gatorbythebay.com.
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