Mardi Gras

Feb 12, 2013 5:57 PM by Chris Welty

Hundreds Participate in Mamou Courir de Mardi Gras

In Evangeline Parish, the Courir de Mardi Gras carried on as planned in Mamou.

The party kicked off early Tuesday morning with singing, dancing and lots of drinking as dozens keep the 65 year old courir tradition alive.

"It's just like speaking French and eating gumbo and boudin and everything else as Cajuns, this is just another way we can carry on that tradition," said Courir Captain Wade Berzas.

As tradition, only men can participate in the run and ride on horseback. They also have to wear costumes including the capuchon, or hat.
Women and children ride on floats and trailers. For most people, the courir gives them an opportunity to let loose.

"Everybody judges you before then, but over here it's the only place no one can say anything," said Gregory Deville.

Part of the traditional courir is chasing chickens which will be used in the community gumbo. People from all over the world travel to Mamou to see this.

"It's been really great, rain or shine," said Kellee Costello from California. Her friends are from Lake Arthur and made she she experienced Mamou before going to New Orleans.

"The horses are the live band behind them. It's been really neat," said Costello.

Though the day is fun, it's also quite a workout. Those on the run have to beg for ingredients for their gumbo.

"Those farmers are stingy," said Berzas.

He went on to say if you missed this year, you better make it next because, "There's no doubt this is something everyone in America should have on their bucket list. You're going to see something you'll see no where else in the world."

Chris Welty



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