The festival is held on the grounds of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Des Allemands. From New Orleans, take I-10 W to I-310. Head south on I-310 for about 12 miles. Exit to the right on Hwy. 90 W to Houma. Continue on Hwy. 90 W through Paradis to Des Allemands. Upon reaching Des Allemands,  St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church will be on the right side of LA 631 in the Des Allemands Business District.

Our Story

The Rev. William McCallion founded the festival in 1975 to raise money for St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church and to stimulate the economy. It has grown into one of the area's most popular attractions.In 1975, Gov. Edwin Edwards signed a proclamation declaring Des Allemands the Catfish Capital of the World, and in 1980 the Legislature passed a resolution naming it the Catfish Capital of the Universe.

Catfish - platters (catfish and white beans) , catfish boulettes, seafood gumbo with potato salad, jambalaya, shrimp po-boys, catfish po-boys, fried crab claws, hotdogs, hamburgers, onion sticks, french fries, nachos & cheese, chili fritos, snoballs, funnel cakes and  homemade cakes.

Home Cooked Food

Rides Provided By

Mitchell Bros. and Sons

Live Music

Chef Marco serves gourmet meals prepared with only the freshest organic produce. We ensure the quality of our dishes with the quality of our ingredients. 

Louisiana Catfish Festival


(985) 758-7591
Postal address
17324 La. 631, Des Allemands, La. 70030
Electronic mail