We are all certainly familiar with the Mardi Gras revelry that takes place in NOLA on this day before Lent.The booze and the beads and the boobs and the floats.
However, in the rural areas of Louisiana the locals celebrate in a different manner that is somewhat more akin the the Mideaval roots of this regional party. In the small towns and in the countryside they ride from house to house and farm to farm in costume and on horseback asking for donations for a communal Gumbo to be made at the end of the parade. The farmers often release a live chicken that the revelers chase to add to the pot. This is known as Courir Mardi Gras.