The island's businesses are looking forward to the thousands expected to visit this weekend
The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo - billed as the nation's oldest fishing tournament - kicked off Thursday and runs through Saturday.
Thousands are expected to visit the island this weekend and spend money, providing a big economic boost for the town of Grand Isle as well as for Jefferson Parish.
"It brings in tax dollars for the town itself, for Jefferson Parish, but it also is a boost to these businesses who operate a 5-month business," says Grand Isle Councilman Scooter Resweber.
"The small rodeos bring in revenues, but it doesn't seem to be the same as this tarpon rodeo does," Resweber said.
The event is more than just a fishing tournament. It's become a festival with bands, vendors and racing crabs for the kids.
"Some people come here just to drink and party, some people come with their families to fish and go on the beaches," Resweber said.