Mardi Gras today is where people go to big cities like lafayette (where i live), Baton Rouge, or New Orleans to celebrate what is now a natinal drinking holiday of parades and bead catching. But there are some places that you can still go to that celcbrate Mardi Gras like it was ment to be celebrated. In a small city called Mamou (where my dads side is from) they still run traditinal Mardi Gras.
Traditionally- in a nut shell, you have a group of people who (who represent poor beggars) dress in alabrate costumes that you make yourself with pointed hats (which symbolizes the mockery of nobility) and masks. They go door to door in the early morning begging for food or money. In the end they put all the food together to make a gumbo. During this time people are drinking, dancing, singing, and chasing chickens (i did this when i was a kid and caught the chicken!) to add to the gumbo. Its a big party. Mamou, Louisiana is now i belive is one of the only places where you can attened a traditional Mardi Gras.
Most traditional costumes are made to look like birds or other animals. This one is based off of the Cajun folkloric animal the Rougaroo (werewolf).And New Orleans Indians
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