Cajun Country Mardi Gras Celebration
This unique five-day celebration is not your typical idea of Mardi Gras with beads and doubloons. In fact, you won’t find these trinkets in sight, but instead, men and women on horseback donned in hand-crafted wire masks, tall hats called capuchons , and very distinctive costumes. This one of a kind celebration begins the Friday before Mardi Gras Day, but the main event is the Courir de Mardi Gras procession or “chicken run” which involves chasing a live chicken to collect for a community gumbo, and silliness by revelers all day. Don’t wait till Fat Tuesday to join in the fun. Throughout the weekend, experience the town’s rural traditions with jam sessions, street dances, cooking demos, Mardi Gras exhibits, and a special Liberty Theater show. A Lil' Mardi Gras run for children and teenagers is held Sunday as well as an old time boucherie (hog butchering).
The Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras dates back from when the town was first established in the late 19th century. The Courir was abandoned for a few years during World War II, but in 1946 a small band of riders revived the tradition. Today, the Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras has more than 2,000 participants on the run, and it continues to increase each year.
here to see pictures of last year's Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras events.
Friday, February 24 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)7pm – Wayne Toups 10pm – Spank The Monkey
Saturday, February 25 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.) 10am – T'Monde 12pm – Jason Frey & Lagniappe 4pm – Fred Charlie & Friends 7pm – Kyle Huval & The Dixie Club Ramblers 9pm – Jamie Bergeron & Kickin' Cajuns Saturday, February 25 (various locations) 12pm-3pm – Jam session and cooking demo at Jean Lafitte National Park 3pm – Parade of Paws (Cajun Canine Mardi Gras Dog Parade 6pm-7:30 pm – Liberty Theatre Show 6pm – Live music at Rocky's Cajun Kitchen 7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach 9pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard
Sunday, February 26 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)10am – Ryan Simon & Acadien 12pm – La Recolte 4pm – Bubba Hebert & New Morse Playboys Sunday, February 26 (various locations) 9am – Lil' Mardi Gras (childrens’ run) leaves the Eunice Recreation Complex 9:30am-11am – Old Time Boucherie (hog butchering) on 2nd St. 3pm – Lil' Mardi Gras arrives downtown on 2nd St. 7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach
Monday, February 27 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.) 6pm – Line Leaf Boys 9pm – Travis Matte & The Zydeco Kingpins Monday, February 27 (various locations) 12pm – Presentation at the Liberty Theatre – history of rural Mardi Gras with Dr. Barry Ancelet 1pm-3pm – Mardi Gras dance at the Northwest Community Center 9pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard 9pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach
Tuesday, February 28 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)9:30am – Wallace Trahan & Rice & Gravy 11am – Ronnie Matthews & Throw Down 1:30pm – Paul Daigle & Cajun Gold 4pm – Steve Riley & The Mamou Play Boys 6:30pm – Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners Tuesday, February 28 (Mardi Gras Day) 8am – Courir leaves the Northwest Community Center 10am – Arts and crafts, food, music, and dancing (downtown) 3pm – Truck Parade followed by the Courir de Mardi Gras 6pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard 7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach 337-457-7389 Eunice, LA 70535 ADD TO MY TRIP PLANNER