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Photo of Paris, Tennessee 'Welcome' sign with catfish on top
Sign touting Paris, Tennessee, as the "Home of the World's Biggest Fish Fry"

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World's Biggest Fish Fry
A Local Legacy

Why is there a giant catfish on top of that sign for Paris, Tennessee?

Because Paris is home to an event that claims to be the "world's biggest fish fry." Hungry visitors will consume more than 13,000 pounds of catfish during the festivities, which last for six days. The event began in 1953 and includes parades, square dances, an auto show, and, if you're lucky, a catfish race!

Do you know how Paris, Tennessee, got its name? It was named after Paris, France, to honor the homeland of Revolutionary War hero Lafayette, whose full name is Marquis de Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier! He had fought with George Washington's army and visited Tennessee in the early 1800s.

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