LAFAYETTE, LA – Parc Lafayette was – despite nobody being there due to COVID restrictions – once again the place to be this New Years Eve, with the fifth annual Boudin Ball Drop taking place last night.
Modeled on New York’s famed New Year Ball Drop, Acadiana saw one-ton, 10 foot wide, hot and fresh, heavily-seasoned boudin ball descend approximately 50-feet down the newly-constructed pole, and reached the ground at exactly midnight.
Once the boudin ball reached the ground, an unnamed generic zydeco band played a socially-distanced and fully-masked zydeco version of Auld Lang Syne, followed by a number of zydeco favorites, as well as party favorites covered in a generic zydeco style.
Event co-ordinator Gerald Hill expressed his excitement at continuing the tradition.
“We wanted to ring in the new year in typical Southern Louisiana style”, he said, “What better way to do that than to take our famed local artery-clogging, life-shortening delicacy in order to celebrate surviving another year in Cajun country? It was a great night for sure, despite nobody being here.”
Rain was once again on the forecast. However Hill wasn’t worried about the prospect of a soggy ball.
“We heard that there was a chance of rain, but we weren’t worried. It was always going to be coming fresh out of the deep-fat fryer and sizzling away at a toasty 450 degrees during the drop. We’d have expected any rain to turn to condensation before it even hit the boudin ball.”