mardi gras: a little history of mamou louisiana
Living in Louisiana has been such an experience and with each new adventure I am amazed. Going with another couple to Mamou for the Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras is known as Fat Tuesday which is celebrated Tuesday before Ash Wednesday being the first day of Lenton season. Fat Tuesday is the day for enjoying food and celebration before fasting of Lenton to prepare for Easter.
Mamou is a traditional Mardi Gras celebration called le Courir de Mardi Gras. Just don’t ask me to say it, not happening. This particular Mardi Gras dates back before the civil war but was not recognized until 1953.
The men and children will ride horseback within a 20 to 30 mile range and ask for donations of chickens and rice. This is for the gumbo they will make for everyone to eat. Before they get the chickens they have to do the Mardi Gras dance for trade. But the real actions comes in when the rides have to catch the chickens. I couldn’t wait to see this but due to the time it took to get there on our bikes we had to leave early. Will plan better next year.
Later in the afternoon the gumbo is made and the festivities continue with eating and dancing and of course the King Cake.
The King Cake is to honor the 3 Kings and the baby in each cake represents the Christ child. The peron that gets the piece of King Cake with the baby is make or purchase the next King Cake.
Photos of past Mardi Gras