Eunice Lil’ Mardi Gras
February 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adults can’t have all of the fun! Kids get in on the Mardi Gras activities too in Eunice, Louisiana. In fact, the Eunice Lil’ Mardi Gras is a Courir de Mardi Gras and chicken chase just for kids. This is a unique opportunity for children ages 1-14 to do Mardi Gras just like the grownups. They are encouraged to be in full costume, mask, and capuchon. The day starts early with the Mardi Gras run beginning at 9am. Participants will arrive back at the Eunice Recreation Complex at 12pm for lunch, then depart for Harris Field at 1:15 for the chicken chase. The day ends with a children’s parade in downtown Eunice at 3pm.
For this event, participants are broken up into different divisions based on age for the chicken chase. Parents must register their children for this event. Registration is open at 7am at the Eunice Recreation Complex, or you can complete registration at EuniceRec.com.
Courir de Mardi Gras is based on early begging rituals. Riders donned in traditional costumes, masks, and hats, also known as capuchons, ride horseback from house to house soliciting “donations” of food items to culminate in a community-wide gumbo. This procession or “run” includes chicken chasing and silliness by revelers all day. For more information about this unique celebration, visit our Mardi Gras page.