Courir de Mardi Gras & A Community Celebration of Foodways

February 21, 2019

The Basile Mardi Gras Association will bring an old-fashioned Courir de Mardi Gras to the city. The run begins at 11:30 a.m. ending with the famous chicken-chase for the children followed by live music from the notorious, Cajun band, FeuFollett. You can learn how to make a king cake in the Cooking School and a Courir costume hat at the Capuchon station.


In addition to the Courir, we are adding Manger: A Community Celebration of Foodways.This portion of the day will feature area cooks/chefs, artists, writers, poets, folklorists/anthropologists/historians, and musicians joining forces in a community-wide conversation, demonstration and celebration of traditional foodways. These will include cooking demonstrations by regional chefs/cooks, art exhibits by regional artists featuring foodways as prominent elements in their artwork and on functional art (pottery, glass, wooden bowls, gourds, etc.) and foodways inspired poetry and literary readings.

This educational, intriguing opportunity also consists of a screening of foodways inspired films, discussions/presentations on the role of foodways in our culture and our community recorded for the Center for Louisiana Studies archives. 

What a day! Admission is $5 per person (members $4) and ages 3 & under admitted free. Northside High School staff and students admitted free only with identification. 

This celebration is part of our National Endowment for the Arts and Decentralized Arts Funding, in addition to the LA Office of Cultural Development and Vermilionville Living History Museum Foundation, Inc.Thanks to AOC for being a community partner.