Old Mudbugs: Vintage Crawfish Photos

1970  "Earl Becnel displays his prize catch, crawfish." (Original caption)
Photo by James Guillot, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Crawfish season is upon us. Standing around tables with friends and strangers alike with your own personal pile of crawfish shrapnel is unlike other shared eating experiences: lips on fire, arms dirty and dripping to your elbows, round 2, round 3, the random pork chop you might find thrown in if you're lucky. Mudbugs and crawfish boils have been a staple of spring in the South for a kabillion years, as these vintage photos from The Times Picayune demonstrate. Take the extra moment to read the original captions, noting the local names and the strange beauty of our rich heritage.