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Cajun Mardi Gras: A History of Chasing Chickens and Making Gumbo

Cajun Mardi Gras: A History of Chasing Chickens and Making Gumbo

Cajun Mardi Gras: A History of Chasing Chickens and Making Gumbo

Cajun Mardi Gras: A History of Chasing Chickens and Making Gumbo

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Overview

Dive into Cajun Mardis Gras, where the party goes down with a wholly different flourish

Everyone knows about Louisiana Mardi Gras and its glitz, glam, parades and masquerades. But in Cajun County, the festival turns communities into stage shows of wild revelry. Called Courir de Mardi Gras in the rural parishes, you'll find masked runners and horsemen bedecked in colorful, tattered clothing, cavorting through the countryside on a begging quest for gumbo ingredients. It's an outrageous celebration--derived from the French medieval Festival of Begging--on the eve of Lenten season's fasting. In exchange for neighborly generosity, the revelers sing, dance, act a fool, chase chickens and unite the community with an abundance of mirth that reverberates year-round. Join author Dixie Poche and take part in the wild spectacle and otherworldly whimsy of Courir de Mardis Gras.



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ISBN-13: 9781439676790
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/02/2023
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 160
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Dixie Poché is a graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in journalism. She is a travel and corporate writer in Lafayette and author of three books about the Cajun culture: Classic Eateries of Cajun Country, Louisiana Sweets and The Cajun Pig, all published by American Palate, a division of The History Press. She enjoys doing research at the lunch counter and discovering Louisiana's hidden gems. She spends time with lots of Cajun cousins hanging out on the front porch.

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