Lenten Season Begins

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 5:15pm

The Mardi Gras season is officially over as today marks the start of the Lenten season. As NBC 33’s Lauren Unger shows us, for many Louisianians that means it’s time to go seafood shopping.

The mad rush has begun at Tony’s Seafood. Dozens of people pouring through the doors each hour to get their traditional seafood fix for Lent. Lois Pearson says, “I really like crawfish and it’s just a splendid time of year for me.” Rose Caldwell agrees, “It’s just another time for us to enjoy more of it.”

Seafood fans like little Blair. She isn’t even two years old, but that doesn’t mean she’s missing out. Alainah Caldwell says, “She likes fish. She hasn’t quite gotten to crawfish yet, because she’s too young for that.”

So far this year, some Louisiana favorites could be in short supply, at least for now. The hurricanes and a recent cold snap have led to a slow crawfish season, meaning you could pay more. Bill Pizzolato of Tony’s Seafood says, “Right now prices are about a dollar a pound higher than they were last year at this time.”

But if you are like a lot of people out there, waiting for lower prices and bigger crawfish, there are still plenty of options out there. At Tony’s they have everything from fish to another Louisiana favorite, shrimp. Pizzolato says just a few more days of warm weather could make a big difference.

It is a public craving for seafood and a business rushing to meet the demand. The hurricanes that hurt crawfish actually gave some shrimp fishermen a big boost. They caught so many shrimp after the storms that there will be plenty to go around all the way through Lent.