St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

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Here in the heart of Cajun Country, we host a wide range of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy your stay in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This printable listing of events was generated on!


Mar 01, 2019 - Mar 05, 2019

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Eunice, LA 70535

Cajun Country Mardi Gras Celebration

This unique five-day celebration is not your typical idea of Mardi Gras with beads and doubloons. In fact, you won’t find these trinkets in sight, but instead, men and women on horseback donned in hand-crafted wire masks, tall hats called capuchons, and very distinctive costumes. This one of a kind celebration begins the Friday before Mardi Gras Day, but the main event is the Courir de Mardi Gras procession or “chicken run” which involves chasing a live chicken to collect for a community gumbo, and silliness by revelers all day. Don’t wait till Fat Tuesday to join in the fun. Throughout the weekend, experience the town’s rural traditions with jam sessions, street dances, cooking demos, Mardi Gras exhibits, and a special Liberty Theater show. A Lil' Mardi Gras run for children and teenagers is held Sunday, as well as an old time boucherie (hog butchering).  

The Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras dates back from when the town was first established in the late 19th century. The Courir was abandoned for a few years during World War II, but in 1946 a small band of riders revived the tradition. Today, the Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras has more than 2,000 participants on the run, and it continues to increase each year. 

Click here to see pictures of last year's Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras events.

Friday, March 1 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
7pm-10pm – live music 

Saturday, March 2 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
12pm-til – live music 

Saturday, March 2 (various locations)
3pm-till – Jam session and cooking demo at Jean Lafitte National Park 
3pm – Parade of Paws (Cajun Canine Mardi Gras Dog Parade Downtown)
6pm-7:30 pm – Liberty Theatre Show 
6pm – Live music at Rocky's Cajun Kitchen 
7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach  
9pm – Street dance and music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard 

Sunday, March 3 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
10am-till – live music

Sunday, March 3 (various locations) 
9am – Lil' Mardi Gras (children's’ run) leaves the Eunice Recreation Complex 
9:30am – Old Time Boucherie (hog butchering) on 2nd St.
3pm – Lil' Mardi Gras arrives downtown on 2nd St.
7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

Monday, March 4 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
7pm-till – live music

Monday, March 4 (various locations)
12pm – Presentation at the Liberty Theatre – history of rural Mardi Gras with Dr. Barry Ancelet
1pm-3pm – Mardi Gras dance at the Northwest Community Center
9pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard
9pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

Tuesday, March 5 (stage at Walnut & 2nd St.)
9:30am-till – Live music

Tuesday, March 5 (Mardi Gras Day)
8am – Courir de Mardi Gras (traditional run) leaves the Northwest Community Center 
10am – Arts and crafts, food, music, and dancing (downtown)
3pm – Truck Parade followed by the Courir de Mardi Gras
6pm – Live music at Ruby’s Restaurant & Courtyard 
7:30pm – Fais Do-Do Barn Dance at Lakeview Park & Beach

Eunice, LA 70535