Louisiana is famous for kings. The Napoleon House was built for the Emperor himself to live in. It didn’t happen, so the state did the next best thing—it created Mardi Gras and Rex, the King of Carnival. Louisiana loves kings. Louisiana has the Boudin King, the Boogie Kings, King Creole, the King of Zydeco, the Cast Net King, king cakes and king snakes—and in 1960 Breaux Bridge had its own king, the Eternal King Crawfish, Leon Leo Breaux, appointed by, well, himself, but a king nonetheless.
There was even a coronation of sorts.
– excerpted from Sam Irwin’s Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean