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Eunice Mardi Gras Celebration

February 21 - February 25

This unique five-day celebration is not your typical idea of Mardi Gras with beads and doubloons. In fact, in Eunice, Louisiana, 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 & Chicken Run, which involves chasing a chicken or guineafowl and silliness by revelers on Fat Tuesday.

The fun begins way before Tuesday! You can cut loose all weekend long in Eunice. Events begin the Friday before Fat Tuesday and include music concerts, jam sessions, street dances, cooking demos, and more. A run for children and teenagers, called Lil’ Mardi Gras, 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. Learn more about the history of rural Louisiana Mardi Gras traditions at CajunTravel.com/Mardi-Gras.

Friday, February 21
7:00 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers
10:00 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Wayne Toups

Saturday, February 22
12:00 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Open Jam Sessions
3:00 PM – Cajun Canine Mardi Gras Dog Parade Downtown
4:00 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Fred Charlie & Acadian Cajuns
6:00 PM – Liberty Theatre Show ft. Basile Mardi Gras Assoc. | TBA
7:30 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys

7:30 PM – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach
10:00 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns

Sunday, February 23
9:30 AM – Old Time Boucherie (hog butchering) on 2nd St.
10:00 AM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Ryan Simon & Acadien
12:30 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Kegan Navarre & Louisiana Traditions
3:00 PM – Children’s “Lil Mardi Gras” Parade
5:00 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Richard LeBouef & Two Step
7:30 PM – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

Monday, February 24
8:00 AM – Annual Lundi Gras Boucherie at Lakeview Park & Beach
7:00 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Bubba Hebert & the New Morse Playboys
9:00 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Travis Matte & the Kingpins
9:00 PM – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

Tuesday, February 25
8:00 AM – Courir de Mardi Gras & Chicken Run leaves Northwest Community Center
9:30 AM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Wallace Trahan & Rice & Gravy
11:00 AM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Ronnie Matthews & Throwdown
1:30 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Paul Daigle & Cajun Gold
3:00 PM – Mardi Gras Parade
4:00 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
6:00 PM – Live Music at Walnut & 2nd St. | Gene Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie