Extreme Cajun Country
Travel 2 hours west of New Orleans and you end up in Cajun country--land of the crawfish boil, swamps, snakes and gators!
¿Courir de Mardi Gras¿Men in Mamou, LA, chase a chicken during the 'Courir de Mardi Gras,' an event held each year in many Cajun communities. On the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, men dress in costume, play music, drink and gather ingredients for the evening's communal pot of gumbo. Often, a live chicken is thrown into the air for the men to chase down. 960 1280
Faquetigue Mardi Gras CourirParticipants at the annual Faquetigue Mardi Gras Courir outside of Eunice, LA. The Faquetigue is an alternative to the main 'courir,' which many felt had become too rowdy. Participants still beg for food and chase chickens, but the run ends with a stop at Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee's grave site, where revelers play music and honor the legendary musician. 960 1280
Shrimp & Petroleum FestivalShrimp fisherman Merlin Boudreaux holds up the catch of the day from his boat during the annual Shrimp & Petroleum Festival in Morgan City, LA. The festival celebrates the coexistence of the oil and seafood industries on the 'Cajun Coast' of Louisiana. 960 1280
Breaux BridgeLike many southern Louisiana towns, Breaux Bridge takes pride in its crawfish. The annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is one of the largest gatherings of Cajun and zydeco musicians in the world. The festival also features crawfish races, a crawfish eating contest, a crawfish étouffée cook-off and a Cajun dance contest. 960 1280
Mardi Gras in New Orleans 11 Photos