How we roll in south Louisiana! The "courier de Mardi Gras" - or "the Mardi Gras run" as it's known in Cajun country. The first song in this video, “La Chanson de Mardi Gras”, is actually being sung by my late grandfather and his twin brother.
What are the three strains of Carnival in Louisiana?
One is the New Orleans-style Carnival, which is by far the largest; the second is the Acadian Courier du Mardi Gras; and the third is the Mardi Gras Indians.
Courier de Mardi Gras is a tradition in which masked horseback riders, often followed by a bandwagon, make their “run” by going from house to house to “beg” for items used in preparing a gumbo.
My family will be making their annual trip down to Louisiana to celebrate in this same fashion and are bringing along some new TX friends this year. If you've always wanted to experience Mardi Gras but aren't into the large crowds in New Orleans then you have to go to Eunice (my hometown) and see it for yourself.