7 Reasons to Attend Nashville’s Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil

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7 Reasons to Attend Nashville’s Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil

As I started my blog in September 2013 and only became vegan in May 2016, there are several non-vegan posts pre-vegan era.  As an example of how someone can change their path in life drastically, I have made the decision to leave the posts up even though I am ashamed of them.  I hope you will take this example and think on it.  Also, see my animal activism page or travel page on ideas for ethical animal tourism and vegan food around the world.  My inbox is always open should you have questions about changing your lifestyle to better serve animals, our planet, and your own health.

NASHVILLE'S RAGIN CAJUN CRAWFISH BOIL

The Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil has become something of a tradition for Kaleb and I.  This event, along with the Franklin Brewfest, were our first real events together and so we’ve now made a pact to go each year as long as we’re in the area.

This year marked the 16th year that the Crawfish Boil has taken place.  With 2,000 people, 4,000 pounds of crawfish and 80+ kegs, you really can’t go wrong attending the Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil.  But, just in case you need more incentive here are 7 reasons to attend Nashville’s Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil next year:

1.  All You Can Eat Crawfish

Of course, the most obvious reason to go is to eat all the crawfish you can handle.  Each time you go through the line, they’ll give you a big scoop of crawfish.  There is also corn on the cob, red potatoes, jambalaya, red beans & rice, and more!  I like to fill up on just corn and crawfish though.

2.  All You Can Drink Beer

The second most obvious reason to go is to drink all the beer you can handle.  The event has a nice selection of beer from Budweiser, a cider and beer from local breweries.  Included in admission, is a souvenir cup which can be filled as many times as you wish.

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3.  It’s Super Dog Friendly

I was so happy to see so many dogs this year.  I don’t know if I just didn’t notice as many last year (maybe too many beers!) or what, but they were everywhere this year.  We would love to bring Maximus with us, but he is almost TOO sociable – he would want to visit each and every person and dog there.

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4.  Great View of the City

The event is held at Cumberland Park which is on the East side of the Cumberland River.  It sits directly at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge next to the Titans stadium.  This is one of the best views of the skyline – and where I take most of my sunrise photos of Nashville.

NASHVILLE SKYLINE FROM PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

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5.  It’s for Charity!

The event is hosted by Nashville Junior Chamber with proceeds going to a different charity every year.  This year they happened to be donating to the Special Olympics of Tennessee.

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6.  Walking Distance to Bars – Continue the Party!

Last year, we made a whole night of it and just took a quick walk across the Pedestrian Bridge to 1st Street.  This will take you directly to all the bars, clubs and honky tonks.

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‘MERICA!

7.  Plenty of Live Music

There is always live music for the entire event – I believe there were seven bands this year.  Besides the food, the stage is the main focal point of the whole festival.  Just grab your box of crawfish, some beer and find a seat on the grass to enjoy the music! NASHVILLE'S RAGIN CAJUN CRAWFISH BOIL

Tips for Nashville’s Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil:

  • Purchase the VIP tickets – this gets you in an hour earlier (the food line is non-existent), a larger mug for beer (less standing in line, more drinking) and nicer restrooms.
  • Get there early!  Lines for food were extremely long already by 5pm.
  • Bring a D.D. or plan to use car services like Uber or Lyft – it’s not worth driving yourself after drinking!

Have you ever attended a Crawfish Boil?  What did you think?

 

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