7th Annual Crawfish Mambo: Cook-Off & Music Festival on the Lake , Saturday, May 12, 2018
Spend Saturday, May 12, 2018 sampling dozens of different crawfish boils cooked by teams competing for cash prizes, unique trophies and bragging rights. Feast on all-you-can-eat crawfish while the Mambo all-star music line-up
keeps you dancing. Then take a break to shop the Mambo Artists Village or visit the Kids Tent before tasting some more.
The first batch of crawfish will be hot and ready when the gates open at 11:00am, so be sure to arrive early and sample often to pick your favorite for the "Crowd's Choice" Award. Then stay to see who our Celebrity Judges select as this year's "Best of Boil" Champion. Each team is also invited to compete for the Best Decorated Booth Award.
This year, we will host our own crawfish eating competition! Think you're the fastest eater in all the world? More details to come! Advance tickets are available online for $25. Day of tickets are $35.
Mambo is family-friendly and children 7 & under are free.
Crawfish Mambo's Origins
Crawfish Mambo: Cook-off and Music Festival on the Lake started in 2012, the brain child of Brian Glorioso, 2011-2012 President of the University of New Orleans International Alumni Association. In launching the event, Glorioso's goal was to create an event that would achieve two of the Alumni Association's priority goals: build positive PR and relationships for the University and raise the funds needed to support professional development programs for UNO students like Dine Like a Professional Senior Etiquette Luncheon, resume review workshops, networking events, mentorships and scholarships. The success of the inaugural event (despite that day's torrential rain storm) wowed everyone, and Mambo is now the Association's primary fundraiser. But equally important is attracting new and old friends out (or back) to campus. We want the entire community to see how great UNO's campus looks. So, while Mambo is hosted by the UNO Alumni Association, the festival is for everyone! Everyone is welcome; we hope to make this festival part of the New Orleans festival canon. And really, what better way to celebrate and support a New Orleans' institution like UNO than by enjoying New Orleans' music and all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish?