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Eunice Mardi Gras Celebration

March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - March 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Mardi Gras in Eunice, Louisiana

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/mardigras.

Friday (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
7pm-10pm – live music

Saturday (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
12pm-til – live music

Saturday (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
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 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
10am-till – live music

Sunday (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 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
7pm-till – live music

Monday (various locations)
8am – Annual Lundi Gras Boucherie at Lakeview Park & Beach
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 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
9:30am-till – Live music

Tuesday (Mardi Gras Day)
8am – Courir de Mardi Gras & Chicken Run 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