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CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI)- February 12 is the first Friday of the Lenten season and that means it time for fish fries.  That’s a lot of cod. During lent, Catholics and other members Christian religions abstain from meats like beef, chicken, and pork on Fridays, making fish a popular dinner time substitute.

Many area parishes host fish fries every Friday in Lent. But it’s not just churches.  VFW halls, American Legion posts, and Knights of Columbus councils also dive in to the action.

Our Lady of the Pillar parish in Creve Coeur is celebrating their 25th anniversary of hosting the popular community dinners.

While fish, most often cod, is the draw, fish frys these days aren't one dimensional. Menus now include vegetables, pastas, and other meatless specialties, like tamales, fish tacos, and gumbo.

Mostly, the goal is to bring the parish community together and to welcome fish eaters, no matter their religion.

To find a fish fry near you, or perhaps to try someplace new this season, check out our FOX 2 Fish Fry Finder.