Posted: Feb 21, 2012 3:49 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Feb 21, 2012 7:20 PM
Tee-Mamou is one of the few places celebrating a traditional Mardi Gras. No parades and no one catching beads, in Tee-Mamou, Mardi Gras is all about the "chase."
"It's been going on for years and years and we'll keep doing it!" said John McCory.
John McCory has been chasing chickens for 14 years. For him-- it's a family affair..
"My dad did it, my grandparents did it, all my friends do it. That's why we do it," said McCory.
The "Courir de Mardi Gras" were dressed in traditional hand-made costumes hiding their identities. They ran from house to house, while singing in French and dancing to Cajun music. And celebrating a true "poor folks" Mardi Gras, they asked for loose change and stole whatever they could ike the KATC mic! But in Tee-Mamou-- it's all about the run-- catching chickens and going door to door asking for ingredients to make a community gumbo.
"As fast as you run, they run faster. So wait for all the other Mardi Gras to chase them and wear them down. Then you catch them," said McCory.
It's a tradition people are curious about-- tourists from all over the country come every year to watch.
"I've been to Mardi Gras before, but never like this and it's a true experience," said Barbara Ewer, who's visiting from Mississippi.
It's a tradition that continues to live on, as these Cajuns celebrate their heritage year after year.