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Courir de Mardi Gras
In Cajun communities such as Basile, Eunice, Church Point and Mamou, Mardi Gras culminates each year with a traditional Fat Tuesday courir, or “run.” This is not a sporting jog, but a madcap dash led by the Mardi Gras capitaine through the streets with masked and costumed participants following on foot, horseback or bicycle. They race each other to knock on doors and beg for gumbo ingredients—and even chase down a live chicken—before cooking them all in a communal celebration. Click here for more information about Courir de Mardi Gras and other Mardi Gras celebrations throughout the state.
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