Following a five-year absence, the Crosby Zydeco Festival returns to Crosby Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27 and it’s been a rough road to survival.

“It’s been five years since I had the last one,” said show owner Troy Barrett from the Summerwood area.

Barrett bought the show in 2006 from the original creator.

“Willie Dulcor started this festival in 1992 to give people of Louisiana and Creole descent a piece of hope to take with them,” Barrett said. “It is our duty to maintain the high integrity and prestige of the festival where people can be reminded of the good old days.”

Two of those five years, Barrett couldn’t produce the show due to the COVID pandemic. Three years prior, he needed rest.

“I just had to take a break,” he said.

This will be the 26th festival, and it’s close to Barrett’s heart.

“When this thing started up, it was bringing the tradition of family unity, Creole food, and the music from a guy named Willie,” he smiled.

A younger Barrett helped Willie until another group of investors took over the festival.

That dissolved later and Barrett picked up the mantle and began producing the festival based on the knowledge he had learned watching Willie who has passed on now.

“I know he would be proud,” he said.

There’s more than just booking a location and the bands. It’s very detailed.

“Location, bands, vendors, sponsors, advertising. There’s hundreds of details to take care of when putting on a show of this kind, ”he said.

One of the featured food trucks at the event will be the popular Turkey Leg Hut. Barrett promised plenty of Cajun, Creole food trucks and others would be present on both days of the festival.

Tickets are $ 25 and parking is $ 10. Kids tickets six to 12 years old are $ 5 and kids five and under are free. The gates open on Saturday at noon and go to midnight. The entertainment begins at 4 pm On Sunday the gates will open at noon and the festive music begins at 3:30 and closes at 7:30 pm

Barrett also runs a sausage company called Lord and Barrett Sausage. He, too, was a food truck owner for several years but has converted to an online story and delivery.

He’ll be selling his product at the festival as well.

Steeped in Louisiana tradition, Barrett wants the festival to continue to grow and keep the Creole culture and lifestyle, music, food, and dancing a part of the lives of Cajuns.

“There’s a lot of history associated with the festival,” said Barrett, founder of Solo Zydeco Productions and producer of the festival.

“Our motivation is to keep the Creole language and culture alive in a family-friendly environment.”

Many, he said, will come just for the music and dancing. Others for the food.

The entertainment lineup is chock full of talent with Leon Chavis, Nooni and the Zydeco Floaters, Lil Jubb and the Zydeco Soldiers, Raylon and the Flat Town Zydeco, Keevan and the Zydeco Gogetas, Rosie Ledett, Jay Paul Jr. and the Zydeco Nubreeds, and Lil ‘Nate and the Zydeco Big Timers.

When they’re not dancing and grooving to the music, some will be engaged in the Cajun cuisine, families will spend time to reconnect, share stories, and express themselves through the vibe.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler” is Cajun French for “let the good times roll.” Barrett believes it’s not just a saying in South Louisiana, but a lifestyle to live. They hope to incorporate this mythological slogan into the celebration for many years to come.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.crosbyzydecofest.com and follow the social media page @thecrosbyzydecofest.

The Crosby Fairgrounds is located at 700 Church St. in Crosby.

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