Courir De Mardi Gras

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) - Vermilionville held their annual Courir de Mardi Gras on Sunday. The event is a display of an old Cajun tradition to collect ingredients for a communal gumbo.  

Brady Mckellar, the director museum operations says, "They would go door to door, begging for food, this developed a lot over the past several years.  Here we like to demonstrate this tradition."

The costumes you will see at Courir de Mardi Gras are unique, and different from what you would see at New Orleans Mardi Gras. 

Mckellar explains, " They were this jumpsuit, or trousers and shirts. They are heavily fringed, they make them at home.  A lot of these costumes date back to old traditions that you would have found in the old world. They would dress up and go out at night on excursions, telling stories, they would hide their faces so the devil wouldn't recognize them." 

The costumes also consist of tall pointy hats called capuchons.  Visitors had a chance to make their own capuchons.

Courir de Mardi Gras also had a king cake demonstration of the traditional French style king cake, compared to the cinnamon and icing king cake that we know of today.

The event continued with the symbolic chicken chase.  Participants chased the chicken from house to house until they reached a field.  From there children got to get in on the action.

If you missed all the fun, Joe Scott Cortez, a reveller, invites you to the next event.  "Come out to Basile on Fat Tuesday, we keep it traditional, go door to door, beg for food and if they give us food, we sing and dance.  So come out, and have some gumbo at the end of the day." 

The event ended with a performance by The Pine Leaf Boys.






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