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Mamou runs despite bad weather

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It's Mardi Gras Mamou style—Courir de Mardi Gras (French for "Mardi Gras Run.")

The scene may look haphazard, but actually there's a method to their madness. Everything has an historical significance from the name of the event down to their outfits.

"Going back to the 1600s in medieval France, which is where our Cajun ancestors are from, this would have been a costume they would have worn to celebrate the beginning of Lent. For them it was a day of celebration. For them a day they could go out and they were all peasants, so they could go out and pretend to be royalty. They make fun of them a bit while they were having fun," says Wade Berzas, co-captain for the Mamou Mardi Gras Run.

Berzas says pretend as they might, those peasants couldn't afford a communal pot of gumbo on their own. So, they began another tradition. Each peasant would provide an ingredient.

"Now we actually have to go out and entertain farmers and go out and entertain people in the community to try and earn our ingredients for a community gumbo, tonight," says Berzas.

On Tuesday, it took over seven hours and about 60 riders to collect rice, sausage, vegetables and chicken. But, still, you could call it fast food.

They had to catch chickens on the run.

According to the Mardi Gras captains, over 20 chickens were caught and thrown into the town gumbo, which isn't small potatoes. It fed dozens of the participants and their families.

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