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 9 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)7pm-10pm – live music
Saturday, February 10 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.) 12pm-til – live music Saturday, February 10 (various locations) 3pm-till – Jam session and cooking demo at Jean Lafitte National Park 3pm – Parade of Paws (Cajun Canine Mardi Gras Dog Parade Downtown) 6pm-7:30 pm – Liberty Theatre Show with Jambalaya featuring the Basile Mardi Gras Association and Kevin Naquin & The Ossun Playboys 6pm – Live music at Rocky's Cajun Kitchen 7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach 9pm – Street dance and music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard
Sunday, February 11 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.) 10am-till – live music Sunday, February 11 (various locations) 9am – Lil' Mardi Gras (children's’ run) leaves the Eunice Recreation Complex 9:30am – 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 12 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.) 7pm-till – live music Monday, February 13 (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 13 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)9:30am-till – Live music Tuesday, February 13 (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
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