The Courir de Mardi Gras in Church Point is a traditional Cajun Mardi Gras where costumed men chase chickens at various homes and eventually make their way into the town with the parade of floats and trail riders. At the end of the parade, the chickens are cooked into a gumbo to be shared by the community as the tradition goes. The Courir de Mardi Gras takes place every year on the Sunday before Mardi Gras. A Children’s Courir and parade take place the day before on Saturday.
The Church Point Courir de Mardi Gras is one of the longest running courirs since its revival in 1968. That year, the decision to have Church Point Mardi Gras on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday was the result of a coin toss between the capitaines of Church Point and Mamou. Now, thousands of people attend both events which are considered to be the largest traditional Courir de Mardi Gras celebrations in Acadiana.
For more information on how to take part in Church Point Courir de Mardi Gras or Children’s Courir, please visit the official website.