Broussard was crowned with the honor in 2011.
“I decided I wanted to run that day. I got ready that morning, interview went smooth,” Broussard said.
“I thought that someone else had won. I think I even clapped for myself before it really set in that they called my name.”
Broussard said she initially was shocked and in complete awe.
Her favorite part about being Miss Breaux Bridge was traveling. She was able to meet a lot of people and learn about cultures from all over the state.
Miss Atchafalaya Basin Festival, Macy Boudreaux, and Miss St. Martin Parish Farm Bureau, Kiri Meche, were her two favorite traveling buddies.
Her favorite experience came from the Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival where she was able to team up with another queen to saw on a cypress block and run on a huge cypress log.
She also recalled going crawfishing with Crawfish Festival queen Jena Domingues prior to her pageant.
Broussard said that all of the festivals were fun, but the Cypress Sawmill and Crawfish festivals were her two favorites.
“I’ll miss the traveling the most,” Broussard said, “traveling and the friends I’ve made.”
Her advice to her successor is to travel everywhere and take in the whole experience because the year passes by so quickly.
She said, “Sometimes I feel like a celebrity, everyone recognizes me and sends compliments my way. It makes me realize I must be doing something right.”
She says she’s been able to educate people about the Breaux Bridge culture.
When Broussard tells people from out of town that she is Miss Breaux Bridge, they say, “Oh so you’re the Crawfish Queen,” she says it’s because the Crawfish Festival is so popular.
However, she politely explains that she is Miss Breaux Bridge, not representing the festival, but the town and the people.
The last festival she will attend will be the Swamp Pop Festival in Gonzalez this Saturday.
Broussard, prior to being Miss Breaux Bridge, was the St. Martin Parish Farm Bureau queen, and as a result, she had a chance to run for Miss Louisiana Sugar Festival and Miss Louisiana State Farm Bureau at their state convention.
Her first pageant where she did the “queen thing” made her want to do another one where she could represent the area.
Broussard is the 19-year-old daughter of Judy and Keenan Broussard of Henderson.