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Mar 4, 2014 6:20 PM by Alex Labat

Nothing can stop Mamou's Courir de Mardi Gras

While Mardi Gras might have seen cancellations across Acadiana, there's one town that just can't say no when it comes to Fat Tuesday. In Mamou, you can't stop the Courir de Mardi Gras.

Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler is a rule if you're in Mamou for Mardi Gras.

Here, it's a courir. An old school Mardi Gras, where only men are allowed to ride horseback, and colorful masks and capuchons hide the identities of men who braved the elements to have a good time.

Wade Berzas, Co-captain of the courir says, "The only thing that's ever stopped this run from running was two world wars and a bunch of nazis. So we're not about to be the group that cancels Mardi Gras."

There were no chickens when it came to today's chicken run.

Joel Vidrine, a courir participant says, "We got a chicken right here. Whoohoo, buck buck, how ya doin?!"

More than 100 costumed courir Cajuns were out celebrating a tradition that runs in their blood.

Vidrine adds, "People care to go to New Orleans and see the big pretty floats and everything. All fancy throwing beads and little stuffed animals. How cute a stuffed animal. But if you want to see a real Mardi Gras, come on down to Mamou. Come on down to Mamou".

It wasn't just locals celebrating today, either. People from across the country trekked to the tiny town to get a glimpse of the "poor man's Mardi Gras".

Al Perry, a resident from Tuscon, Arizona, says, "I'm here for the music and this wonderful tradition that they have here. That fascinates me more than drinking in the streets".

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