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Courir de Mardi Gras tradition continues in Eunice

Hundreds of people did not let the freezing temperatures stop them from dressing in traditional outfits and participating in the annual Courir de Mardi Gras in Eunice.

Head Captain Pat Frey says “this is a long tradition in Eunice, this is our 123rd run.”

The run is a 12 mile journey through the country of Eunice where participants travel from different farm houses to chase chickens and gather ingredients for a community gumbo.

Runner after catching the chicken

This unique experience brings in people from all across the country and the world to be a part of a traditional Mardi Gras.

John Savage from Alberto, Canada said “i’m having a great time so I just want to experience it, see the whole thing for myself.”

Even for the people that do the courir every year it is still a fun time as Anna Wild says “Oh my God it’s a blast y’all. It don’t get any better than this traditional Mardi Gras. Beer, beads, good people, good traditions. I mean, it’s Louisiana baby. You can’t beat that.”

Eric Zernich

Eric Zernich

An Ohio native trying to get my Cajun on as the weekend Meteorologist for KATC. I also do interesting science or environmental stories concerning South Louisiana. If you have a great story idea send it in to me at
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