The Catfish Queens Of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Once a year I load up the old Econoline and make my way out to St Charles Parish for St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church’s big Louisiana Catfish Festival in Des Allemands.

Darla Dufrene, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

It’s one of the best food parties Louisiana throws all year long. Yes, the catfish is fine but after sorting through the menu the past few years the real star of the show is Miss Liz’s ooey gooey bars. I don’t know what she puts in her confections but that recipe would be worth a million bucks in the hands of the right entrepreneur.

Darla Waguespack, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

A couple years ago I was rambling around inside the church when I came upon a thick book containing photos of all the various catfish queens the festival has crowned since its beginning. St Charles Parish is known to have some of the most beautiful women in all of Louisiana and these queens are a sight to behold.

Rhonda Toombs, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Rachael Landeche, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Sheryl Caire, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Karmann Mahan, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Annette Cooper, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Tina Marie Folse, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Melissa Fonseca, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Jennifer Trahan, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Tina Marie Folse, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Maria Landeche, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Gretchen Renee Holtzclaw, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Brandi Loupe, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Sheila Rae Payne, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Tanya Tregle, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Samantha Cazalot, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Melissa Tregle, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Ann Tabor, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Charmaine Cortez, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Tina Toups, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Kristi Dufrene, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Cherie Breaux, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Rochelle Cancienne, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Jessica Tregle, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Jaci Lynn Eusea, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Lea Picou, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Denise Hebert, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Lisa Comardelle, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Kodi Becnel, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

Jennifer Folse, The Catfish Queens of St Charles Parish, Louisiana

I’ll put up a part two of this article down the road.

About RL Reeves Jr

I'm a writer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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