Iowa Chicken Run

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Mar 5, 2019
 Iowa Chicken Run
Time: Doors open at 8 AM, the Mardi Gras floats start lining up at 9 AM and the parade rolls at 10 AM

The parade goes west on Hwy 90 stopping at local businesses and continues going through neighborhoods with the horses following behind. The captain blows his whistle at participating homes for the crews to get down and dance to zydeco music, which is played with an accordion and scrub board. If the families approve the dancing skills, they donate ingredients to the gumbo, and a chicken is thrown into the air. Sometimes the captain will throw multiple chickens in the air several times or more for the children to catch.

The parade stops at Market Basket and the VF Factory Outlet where more chickens are released into the air. The parade continues to Rabideaux's Sausage Kitchen, which is part of the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, for a last and final donation to the gumbo and ends back at the KC Hall. The ingredients are then put into a pot with the chickens, and gumbo is served to the riders while the children play from 2-4 p.m. The chicken run concludes with a zydeco dance.

Venue:  Begins and ends @ KC Hall
Address:  503 U.S. 90 Iowa, LA
Contact: Rodney Victorian or Kimmy Bellard
Admission Cost:  $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children 12 & under
Phone:  337-842-1875 and 337-884-1403
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