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Cajuns rage at Courir Mamou

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Courir de Mardi Gras in Mamou is one of the most established Courir celebrations in Southern Louisiana, but its roots go further into the Old World of Europe.  

"It's all to mock the old French nobles. The Cajuns were poor. So we used to do this, and dress like the old French nobles to mock them. And we chased chickens for food," explained rider Devin Bazinet 

Before the first chicken was set loose, the runners gathered and danced for their ingredients.

"We make that gumbo, we eat that all day long," exclaimed runner, Chase Guillory 

"Tell them we need six acres of rice for us to eat. That's what we need," followed fellow-runner, Alex Marcan  

The majority of riders and runners said family-tradition was their main motivation for coming back every year.

"My dad's a captain, my dad's dad ran Mardi Gras. My brother runs Mardi Gras," explained runner, Connor Brignac

"My family has been doing this since before I was born. They've been out here 40 years," explained runner, Joey Andrus

"Fasting; get your food before Lent. And, we're the only ones that keep it traditional," explained rider, Adam Fontenot

A village of onlookers and support-crews followed the runners on Tuesday morning.

"I'm the beer truck guy. I'm making sure they have beer to drink all day long," explained rider & beer liaison, Beaux Tate

"I'm on the chicken truck, and the captains throw out the chickens, and we go pick them up and bring them back to the truck," explained chicken fetcher, Marissa Young

"Once they catch them, the captains give them back to us, and we take the names. And, we tell our head lady and she writes them down. Whoever catches the most gets the award at the end," explained fellow chicken-fetcher, Brooke Bordelon 

One onlooker, who was there supporting a few of her male friends said she loves watching the shenanigans, but the reasonable concern that one of the runners will get injured is not lost on her. 

"I mean yeah, haha! Because I don't know. They're gonna fall off the horse or something's gonna happen," explained Mallory Young 

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