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Eunice Mardi Gras Celebration

February 21, 2020 - February 25, 2020

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.