Crawfish prices pinch wallets, but don’t spoil demand for Easter weekend

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – On this Good Friday, crawfish is at the top of many menus as we head into the holiday weekend.

“Probably two sacks of crawfish. Probably get two bushels of crabs. Probably 20 pounds of shrimp,” said Grayson Washington.

Lines of people made their way to Tony’s Seafood to get what they needed for the holiday weekend. The phones kept ringing with people hoping to place orders.

“Friday’s always good, but this is actually the Good Friday. So, we’re ready,” said Darren Pizzolato with Tony’s Seafood.

Pizzolato said Easter weekend is their busiest weekend of crawfish season. He’s expecting them to sell up to 100,000 pounds of the mudbugs. Staff work to organize the best ones to meet the demand.
It’s demand that’s been good for business throughout the pandemic.

Pizzolato said, “In the beginning, it actually made us a little busier. When the restaurants were all closed, if you wanted seafood you had to cook it. Obviously they were thankful they were coming here. So, it helped us a whole lot. Definitely haven’t slowed down with the pandemic.”

Crawfish prices are up compared to Easter weekend last year. They are expected to drop after the holiday. Washington’s crawfish are ready to go.

“Get the day started. You know. Good Friday. Can’t eat meat. Try to get a good boil,” said Washington.

Crawfish are running about $5 dollars a pound.

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