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A mask making tradition continues during Courir de Mardi Gras

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Courir de Mardi Gras is not about the fancy beads or elaborate floats, it's about tradition. That tradition in Tee Mamou includes chasing chickens, begging for money, and most importantly, the creation of masks to conceal the identities of those who participate.

Mardi Gras consumes Renee Douget's life starting from December to the start of the season. Scraps of ribbons, beads, buttons, you name it, she has it laying around her craft room. And Mardi Gras, specifically the Courir, runs through Renee's veins.

"My Daddy started years ago and it's twenty years since he passed away. They asked him to keep it going. So, he was doing it to honor him, by all means, I have a regular job and other stuff. I want to keep that tradition alive and carry it on." Renee says about her 

Over the years, Renee has perfected her craft and now sells over 100 of these Mardi Gras masks every year. 

But what makes her masks different from all of the others, Renee actually custom makes her masks to fit the personality of the person wearing them. 
That personalization, Renee says, is something that takes a little more time, but makes it all worth it in the end. 

"It's fun to see other peoples ideas come to life." 

As Renee continues working through the days and nights leading up to Mardi Gras, she isn't complaining.  Douget says she's just happy that so many people want to continue a tradition started years ago to preserve our Cajun heritage. 

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