Chicken run tradition for Mardi Gras lives on in Mamou

Chicken Run tradition for Mardi Gras lives on in Mamou
(Source: James Sparvero WAFB)
(Source: James Sparvero WAFB)
(Source: James Sparvero WAFB)
(Source: James Sparvero WAFB)

MAMOU, LA (WAFB) - One small town Mardi Gras celebration really must be seen to be believed. From Acadiana to across the country and around the world, the Courir de Mardi Gras in Mamou grabs headlines every year.

"This is the old town, country Mardi Gras," said Kathrine Mouiller who cooked the town's famous Mardi Gras pot of gumbo.

Mardi Gras in Mamou begins on Main Street at 7 a.m.

9News asked a local woman what our cameras could expect. We were told, "loud music and drinking," from April Cormier.

Then came the horseback ride. First stop, visiting the town's other early birds, a group of seniors.

Next, it was time to catch the morning's first chicken to be cooked in the gumbo.

When asked if the chicken should be tasty, Chester Granger who released three chickens at Piggly Wiggly on Poinciana Ave. said, "Oh, I know it will."

9News was told the massive pot of gumbo would feed the whole town Tuesday.

"I enjoy making the gumbo but I really enjoy seeing the Mardi Gras'ers leave and come back," said Mouiller.

Mamou is a town of just 3,000 people, but on Mardi Gras, people visit from across the country.

"We come from Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. We've been coming 17 years," said Jim Stillcup.

"The wildest thing I've ever seen at Mardi Gras, probably this. These people have got to be numb to this weather," said Sandra Soprano from Alququerque, NM.

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