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Mardi Gras in July celebrations continue in Mamou

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Posted at 4:22 PM, Jul 03, 2021

The Mardi Gras celebrations are continuing in Mamou this weekend.

The Cazan Center is hosting Mardi Gras in July, in celebration of Cajun culture and the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions.

"We decided to do this event because of people being locked in the homes with COVID, and now more and more people are getting their shots and have the urge and want to get out and about," explained organizer Sean Darbon. "So we thought throwing a little Mardi Gras in July would help the people come out."

Festivities kicked off Friday with performances by New Orleans saxophonist Joseph Crachiola, Big Chief Alfred Doucette, and more. Saturday, people came to the celebration put on their Mardi Gras best for a costume contest.

Music performances Saturday include Rice and Gravy from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. There will also be food, an art market, vendors, and more.

It's all taking place at Ted's on 6th Street.

"Although we had to miss our authentic Mardi Gras celebrations this year, we hope that this event will invoke the spirit of community and celebration that brings people across the country to Louisiana for Mardi Gras each year," said Cazan Center CEO Valerie S. Cahill.

"It was the spirit we needed to bring people out, to bring the community together," Darbon added. "To let people know that yes, we do have Mardi Gras in the winter, but we needed a grand activity to bring people out here."

Read more about the event here.

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