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Carnival season or Mardi Gras is a large part of New Orleans’ culture. When we think of Mardi Gras, we think of elaborate parades, Randazzo's famous king cakes, and masquerades. What doesn't come to mind is chasing chickens and exciting costumes.
Cajun Country Mardi Gras, traditionally known as Courir de Mardi Gras, is an event you have to experience when visiting Louisiana. While The traditional Mardi Gras traditions create an exciting carnival in the French Quarter, Cajun Mardi Gras is unlike anything you have ever seen. One Cajun Mardi Gras tradition is the chicken chase. Yes, people actually chase a chicken.
This tradition began years ago with men on horseback, wearing elaborate costumes. They would ride through the Cajun countryside and stop at various houses begging for food. Once the riders' had permission to enter the yard, they would entertain the family in exchange for chicken, rice, onions, or other ingredients. After visiting several houses, the riders would meet in a designated spot where all the ingredients were used to make a large pot of gumbo for the entire countryside.
Whether you are traveling to Louisiana for a completely unique experience or you are a native to the state, you should experience Mardi Gras and Cajun Mardi Gras. Nothing illustrates authentic Louisiana Cajun Country quite like Cajun Mardi Gras. It is an event that is unlike any other, and it is sure to keep you entertained.
Both Mardi Gras and Cajun Country Mardi Gras offers natives and visitors a sense of community and family. Don't Miss out on these two Southern traditions. Who wouldn't want a king cake and gumbo with friends and family?