Today is Mardi Gras and while lots of folks enjoy the big-city carnival atmosphere, there are lots of smaller festivals being enjoyed all across south Louisiana.
Below is a video taken a couple of years ago at the Mardi Gras celebrations in Eunice, LA and Mamou, LA. The festivals are smaller but no less heart-felt. The end of the video is the Courirs parade in Mamou. In this traditional country celebration, the riders dress in costume and scour the rural areas for the makings of a traditional gumbo, then they parade through town and assemble to make the evening meal for the dance.
It's a slice of Mardi Gras that you don't see unless you get out of the city and head for the country.