Wednesday, January 12, 2005


It's chicken chasing time in the country.

The Mardi Gras Carnival season is upon us. The days from twelfth night (January 6th) to Mardi Gras (this year February 8th) are the traditional time for Carnival celebration.

In Louisiana, while the larger celebrations of New Orleans generally get the attention of television and newspaper reporters, some of the small town celebrations are worth the experience.

One of the rural customs is a Courir. A Courir is also called a Mardi Gras Run. A group, or krewe, will meet and go from farm house to farm house and ask for ingredients for the traditional community gumbo. The farm family will usually give something they can spare. In the case of a chicken, the fun starts when the farmer tosses the chicken out for the runners to chase.

The chase builds quite an appetite.

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