Mamou Mardi Gras riders chase chickens in the snow and ice

Not rain nor snow nor ice nor freezing temperatures nor pandemic could halt costumed riders from carrying on a rich tradition of Evangeline Parish. Even without the usual pomp and circumstance, the annual Courir de Mardi Gras took place Tuesday around the Mamou area. In the top photo, the merry group of riders led by Le Capitain proceed down the route on their way to beg and chase after chickens. In the bottom photo, Paul “T-Boy” Berzas releases a chicken from the roof of his slaughter house located on La. Hwy 104. (Photos courtesy of Elizabeth West - Evangeline Parish Tourism)

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