Crosby Zydeco Fest aims to help fight breast cancer

CROSBY – A local tradition will take place this weekend, as the Crosby Zydeco Festival returns to the Crosby Fairgrounds this weekend, Oct. 14-16.

Brought to the area by Troy Barrett, the founder of Solo Zydeco Productions, the event will feature food, fun and festivities, all for a good cause: the local group is uniting with the Guidry Cowgirls N’ Trailridaz to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Houston chapter via a two-day “Trail Ride for the Cure.”

The celebration is fitting for the Crosby area, Barrett said. “Crosby is like a town in Louisiana. Zydeco is indigenous to the area, and people all over the world know about the influence this place has had on zydeco,” Barrett said.

Barrett said that the Crosby Zydeco Festival may soon become one of the Komen Foundation’s signature events. “Women who suffer from breast cancer don’t always want to talk about it,” Barrett said. “We want to celebrate those women, honor the survivors and remember those who lost their lives.”

Barrett said that a pink balloon release will take place Sunday as part of that celebration.

“Over the course of a lifetime, one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Tania Cruz, public relations and events manager for the Susan G. Komen Houston chapter. ”The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure works hard to save lives and end breast cancer forever through its programs and funding in Southeast Texas.

“It is through the support of organizations like the Crosby Zydeco Festival and Trailride that we are able to continue to fund education, screening and treatment programs.”

The weekend fun will kick off with a gumbo cook-off Friday night. At 10 p.m. that night a dance featuring Lil’ Pookie Zydeco playing a stand.

Saturday brings a number of music artists and groups, including Lil’ Nate and the Zydeco Big Timers, Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws, and Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames. The trail ride will also start at 11 a.m. that day. Sunday will feature a “Party on the Green,” featuring singer Cupid.

Barrett will present a donation check to the Komen Foundation during the event, according to a press release. “I am encouraged to do more for breast cancer awareness now and in the future because the Crosby Zydeco Festival is going to change lives, educate people and raise awareness for the cure,” Barrett said.

Tickets to the event are $15 per person, but a weekend pass can be had for $30. This grant admission to all events over the weekend, including the trail ride. Tickets can be purchased at, and more information on the event is available by calling 281-860-7656.