Tee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival
|Tee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival|
|Time:||9:00 a.m. until|
A Cajun Prairie Mardi Gras with live Cajun & Zydeco bands, young musicians tent, folklife craft booths, cajun food booths, and a Mardi Gras parade.
Throughout the day, Cajun and Zydeco bands play on the main stage featuring the only raised dance floor in the area. The youth musicians' tent features the area's finest young musicians playing Cajun music. The festival also offers the most delicious Cajun foods and a variety of Cajun crafts.
The highlight of the day is the arrival of the Tee Mamou Courir de Mardi Gras riding through town in the Mardi Gras wagon. The brightly colored costumes are topped off with screen masks and capuchons which hide each persons identity. The courir will then gather on the main stage along with the capitaine, Todd Fruge, to sing their traditional European chant in French that is dated back 400 years. Once the song is completed, the Mardi Gras descend onto the street like a colorful wave, dancing with any available ladies and begging for loose change.