Talk:Mardi Gras in the United States

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Lafayette, Second largest Mardi Gras in La.[edit]

Lafayette is considered the second largest Mardi Gras in the state because of the size of the parades and the amount of people who come to town for the event. Houma would possibly be the 3rd largest. 250,000 people are estimated to come to Lafayette, 150,000 to Houma. The number of parades is not the determining factor. Heironymous Rowe (talk) 15:43, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Separate Traditions???[edit]

Courir de Mardi gras

I don't understand the preceding statement because the cities referenced have similar traditions. --Webdevology (talk) 04:43, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

Each is a little differant, altho in recent years many cities have started to emulate the NOLA traditions because of the popularity of the Mardi Gras there. Many cities in the rest of French South Louisiana have seperate, distinct Mardi Gras traditions, each town varying a little. Might be better to use some of them as examples.Heironymous Rowe (talk) 04:51, 7 February 2010 (UTC)
Can you explain the separate, distinct traditions? I'm not disagreeing, just interested...they all seem the same to me except for the amount of celebrating (I'm from South Mississippi).--Webdevology (talk) 05:42, 7 February 2010 (UTC)
Here in Cajun country, each little town has its own unique Mardi Gras tradition, most involving a Courir de Mardi Gras, or "Ride of the Mardi Gras", a tradition not found in NOLA or Mobile. Masked riders in special costumes involving pointy hats ride from farmhouse to farmhouse collecting ingredients for a communal gumbo. Some towns wear masks as part of the costume. At least one uses face paint. Some allow women as riders, some traditoins have a men only policy. Other members of the community follow the riders around as they get drunk and carouse, chase chickens for the gumbo, etc. See Mardi Gras in the United States#Other Louisiana cities for more and illustrations or here [1]. Heironymous Rowe (talk) 05:51, 7 February 2010 (UTC)
Added a pic of Courirs chasing chickens. Heironymous Rowe (talk) 05:56, 7 February 2010 (UTC)
I remember reading about the Mardi Gras ride a few years ago but I didn't realize that it was still practiced. My husband is from New Iberia and he didn't either. Sounds like a lot of fun...thanks for sharing.--Webdevology (talk) 01:08, 8 February 2010 (UTC)
Dont know about New Iberia, but Eunice, Basile, Scott, Mamou, and alot of the other Prairie Cajus west and north of Lafayette still do. Heironymous Rowe (talk) 01:25, 8 February 2010 (UTC)
And for anyone who might still be interested, a new article Courir de Mardi Gras about the subject. Heironymous Rowe (talk) 05:13, 19 February 2010 (UTC)


How about some PHOTOS?[edit]

We have a wealth of photos available on Wikimedia Commons for New Orleans and Mobile Mardi Gras. We have a couple of sets of pix from Baton Rouge, and one set of a parade in Chalmette. Beyond that, we have only a scattered few of some celebrations elsewhere in Louisiana (but none at all for Lafayette nor Houma, which the text suggests are some of the most important). We have less than a handful of rather sad pix from Texas. Beyond that... it looks like nothing. How about we get some? Does anyone who attends or has attended any of these other Mardi Gras own a camera, or have a friend who does and might be persuaded to upload some photos under a free license? -- Infrogmation (talk) 19:41, 25 December 2010 (UTC)

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