Monday, April 15, 2024

Sherbin the Crawfish Pardoned by Lieutenant Governor Nungesser at Annual Event

by BIZ Magazine
Crawfish pardon

BREAUX BRIDGE, La. – In a whimsical tradition celebrating Louisiana’s crawfish season, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, accompanied by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, granted an official pardon to Sherbin the Crawfish during the 8th Annual Pardoning of the Crawfish event. Held at Parc des Ponts Breaux along Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge, the renowned crawfish capital of the world, the ceremony marked the liberation of the eighth crustacean since the event’s inception.

Initiated in 2017 by Lt. Governor Nungesser and customarily scheduled on the first Tuesday following Mardi Gras, the annual pardoning festivity heralds the onset of crawfish season in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf South.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser expressed the significance of the event, stating, “Crawfish is one of our signature dishes here in Louisiana. We have some of the best seafood in the entire world along our coast and in our waterways. There is no better way to celebrate our culture and heritage than to grant one lucky crawfish his freedom before he ended up on a tray in a restaurant or a backyard boil.”

This year’s fortuitous crustacean, christened “Sherbin” in homage to Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette, was selected for his distinguished reprieve. Mayor Collette, a longstanding steward of Henderson, hailed the occasion as a momentous honor. “This is the biggest honor for me in the 20 years as mayor. Thank you for naming this crawfish Sherbin. I am very grateful for the pardoning and the release of my namesake, Sherbin the Crawfish,” shared Mayor Collette.

Barry Toups, proprietor of Crawfish Haven and Mrs. Rose’s Bed & Breakfast in Kaplan, assumed the responsibility of selecting Sherbin for his liberation. Following his selection, Sherbin was escorted to Parc des Ponts Breaux, where he was ceremoniously pardoned by Lt. Governor Nungesser, who presented an official proclamation to Mayor Sherbin Collette.

In a gesture of goodwill, the Louisiana Office of State Parks facilitated Sherbin’s relocation to Lake Fausse Point State Park in St. Martinville, Louisiana. There, Sherbin will find refuge, burrowing in the mud, swimming in the bayou, and embracing his newfound freedom in his tranquil abode.

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