Mardi Gras rolls on in Mamou despite pandemic and below freezing weather

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Posted at 9:48 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 23:45:04-05

For most of Louisiana, Mardi Gras 2021 was a scaled-back celebration. That includes a place that celebrates like no other.

Mamou is one of the few towns in Acadiana that decided to go forward with a Mardi Gras celebration this year.

For many who are celebrating, they say that they were just happy they had a chance to do it.

Although Mamou's courir did not roll into town like normal in 2021, there were still some traditions that even a pandemic or below freezing weather could stop.

"They're chasing chickens, riding horses, diving in mud ice puddles, diving on ice you name it,” said Madison Fritz.

“I can't even keep count of how many chickens I ran, because I don't want Uncle Sam to know, said Rickey Porter.

With this year's crowd size noticeably different, many are already looking forward to next year.

"This place just brings out the magic in everybody. I just hope everybody comes out and enjoys it one time in their life."

"You've got to come at least one time."

"They're troopers for doing all this and we appreciate the captains and everything that they've done to help put on this tradition."

Many plan on keeping the celebration going throughout the night.

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