Cajun Country Courir de Mardi Gras

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Dates: Feb 9 - 13 2018

Price: $25 Admission

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM

This unique five day celebration is not your typical idea of Mardi Gras with beads and doubloons. In fact 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 procession or “chicken run” which involves chasing a live chicken to collect for a community gumbo, and silliness by revelers all day. Don’t wait till Fat Tuesday to join in the fun. Throughout the weekend, experience the town’s rural traditions with jam sessions, street dances, cooking demos, Mardi Gras exhibits and a special Liberty Theater show. A Lil' Mardi Gras run for children and teenagers 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. 

Click here to see pictures of last year's Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras events.

Wednesday, February 22
2017 will host several chefs in which a panel of judges will select winners in amateur and professional categories. Also enjoy live music, a cash bar, and a silent and live auction. LSUE Acadiana Center | 6:30pm |$25 | 237-457-1205/337-457-5213

Friday, February 24 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
6pm-12am – Live music 

Saturday, February 25 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
10am-till – Live music

Saturday, February 25 (various locations)
12pm – Krewe de Bow Wow Dog Parade on 2nd St.
12pm-3pm – Jam session and cooking demo at Jean Lafitte National Park
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 – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard 

Sunday, February 26 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
10am-7pm – Live music 

Sunday, February 26 (various locations) 
9am – Lil' Mardi Gras (childrens’ run) leaves the Eunice Recreation Complex 
9:30am-11am – Old Time Boucherie (hog butchering) on 2nd St.
3pm – Lil' Mardi Gras arrives downtown on 2nd St.
6pm – Live music at Rocky’s Cajun Kitchen 
7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

Monday, February 27 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
6pm-1am – Live music

Monday, February 27 (various locations)
12pm – Presentation at the Jean Lafitte Center – 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, February 28 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
9:30am-till – Live music 

Tuesday, February 28 (Mardi Gras Day)
8am – 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
5pm –  Live music at Rocky's Cajun Kitchen
6pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard