It's all about the lobster as thousands of Southland residents made their way to the Original Lobster Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach over the weekend.
It was three fun-filled days of feasting, dancing and entertainment for the entire family despite the high heat and humidity — with a majority of festival goers arriving as the sun was setting and temperature conditions were much cooler.
But things really heated up in the evening as the bands came on stage and got the crowd moving on the dance floor.
However the festival wouldn't be a success without all the hardworking people behind the scenes. Lobster Chef Bruce from Massachusetts and his work crew labored in three-days of heat and humidity just to prepare mouth watering lobster for the masses in two giant steam cookers.
Festival guests had the opportunity to witness Lobster Chef Bruce and his crew in action as they unpacked boxes of the live crustaceans packed in ice and dumped into a large metal grated bin ready to be steam cooked.
For some festival goers the sight of live crustaceans about to meet their maker was a bit heart-rending as some would say that they could hear tiny screeches as they hit the steam cooker. But with all the noise and music going on at the festival it was hard to hear anything as a tiny screech.
But all was forgotten as a hungry public came out carrying their aluminum trays of red steamed lobster, slaw, bread, butter, slice of watermelon and lemon wedges to enjoy.