Mardi Gras, one of the oldest Cajun traditions, is celebrated every year the day before the Catholic Church's Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of its Lenten season. In Eunice, we have a history of celebrating the rural Mardi Gras which involved horses, chickens, homemade costumes and a lot of music, food and dancing.
The Saturday before Mardi Gras, the Liberty Theater hosts a special Mardi Gras themed "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" live music show, with a street dance outside after the show.
On Sunday, you can learn about the traditional Boucherie, eat the food made from the Boucherie, dance to some music and browse the Arts and Craft vendors then watch the Children's Run come in.
On Monday, the Jean Lafitte Center has the history of Mardi Gras, then Council on Aging Mardi Gras dance and, that night, our Lundi Gras street dance. Mardi Gras day finds music, food, art and crafts downtown with the "Courir de Mardi Gras" coming through after lunch. The Courir de Mardi Gras is a unique tradition that goes to the heart of the Cajuns' "joie la vie."