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Mardi Gras at the Market

Posted: Feb 4, 2014 11:37 AM by MELISSA CANONE
Updated: Feb 11, 2014 9:35 AM

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The Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse will host "Mardi Gras at the Market" on March 1st in honor of the Acadian Mardi Gras traditions still celebrated in south Louisiana today.

The morning's activities will include musical performances by the Cajun music group BonSoir Catin followed by Corey Ledet and his Zydeco Band. A Creole Mardi Gras group from Lafayette will dress in traditional costume and share their group's carnival history with Market-goers. A Cajun courir de Mardi Gras, or Mardi Gras "run," will take place on the expanse of the Horse Farm property, leaving the hub of the Market at 11:30 a.m. Locals and visitors are invited to dress, sing, and parade with the courir revelers as they beg hosts stationed on the Horse Farm for gumbo ingredients. In keeping with the rural tradition, the prize ingredient will be a live chicken for the revelers to chase.

Logan Farm's Honey Glazed Ham will sponsor a communal gumbo sampling for all courir participants. The Children's Museum of Acadiana will host a Mardi Gras mask decorating booth for children and families featuring mask templates from several distinct Mardi Gras costume traditions. The UL Public History Program's "Museum on the Move" will be parked at the Horse Farm displaying its exhibit on Louisiana woman of the 20th century. As always, weekly Market vendors will sell their fresh produce, baked goods, provisions, and wares. The Mardi Gras Market at the Horse Farm will provide an opportunity for all to experience city celebrations and countryside traditions in the historically agricultural heart of the hub city.

Mardi Gras at the Market, a LafayetteTravel sponsored event planned in collaboration with members of urban and rural Mardi Gras groups, will take place in conjunction with the weekly Market at the Horse Farm on Saturday, March 1,st from 8 a.m.-noon. The courir de Mardi Gras festivities will continue until 1:15 p.m. when the Children's Parade approaches the nearby corner of Johnston Street and South College. Parade parking will be available on the Horse Farm 8 a.m.-3 p.m., weather permitting.

The Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at The Horse Farm serves as the premier venue for seasonal, farm-based products, and artisanal creations, offered by local producers, artists and vendors in a celebratory atmosphere of community, enrichment and entrepreneurism, created through the mutual support of its members and patrons. The Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., rain or shine. Visit http://www.marketatthehorsefarm.com/

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