Eunice Mardi Gras

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Eunice Mardi Gras schedule

The Eunice Mardi Gras celebration schedule has been released.
Festival music line up is scheduled for downtown Eunice beginning Feb. 21 and continues through Feb. 25 — Mardi Gras.
The Eunice Mardi Gras season begins with the 10th annual Taster’s Choice event at the LSUE Acadian Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19. Taster’s Choice is fundraiser for the Eunice Community Health Center.
The Old Time Boucherie is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at South 2nd and Walnut streets.
Also on Feb. 23, the Eunice Children’s Lil’ Mardi Gras Run Parade is scheduled.

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Mardi Gras poised to roll in Eunice

The Mardi Gras is “looking good” said Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot.
“We are just praying for some good weather, but rain or shine it is going to go on,” he said.
The mayor said he isn’t worried about the crowds showing up.
There’s a 40 percent chance of rain Friday, but nearly 100 percent chance that Wayne Toups is going to perform at 10 p.m. at the stage at Walnut and 2nd streets.
The Eunice Mardi Gras draws a crowd each year because “it is original and very unique like none around,” Fontenot said.

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Eunice Police report Mardi Gras generally quiet crime-wise

The Mardi Gras party in Eunice went by relatively free of any serious crime, Police Chief Randy Fontenot said.
There were a couple of incidents, he said. Two women got into a scrap, an intoxicated driver was involved in a hit and run Saturday and there was fight after 9 p.m. Tuesday, he said.
One guy, described as “high intoxicated” by arresting officer Sgt. Nicholas Cooley, was caught inside a Coca-Cola truck parked near the fire station on Park Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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The first chicken tossed Tuesday turned out to be runner for the Eunice Mardi Gras. Logan Manuel, of Eunice, carries his prize while surrounded by fellow runners. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Runners leave a wake of mayhem

The first chicken offered to the Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras was tossed into the air by Dale Soileau and from there the run was on.
That chicken took off tailed by a scattered gang of colorful human runners around and around the north side of the Northwest Community Center at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.
After evading the human runners, the chicken ran into the Northwest Community Center where it was captured by Logan Manuel of Eunice.
The Eunice Mardi Gras will celebrate its 100th year next year, but Captaine Pat Frey said is probably older than that.

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A trailer rider prepares to throw beads to the crowd on Park Avenue on Tuesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice throws a 5-day party

For five days thousands of people — there is no exact count — turned downtown Eunice into a party that ended with a grand finale of a parade Tuesday afternoon.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said, “Overall, I think it was a pretty fun Mardi Gras and it was safe.”
This year’s Mardi Gras was marked by rain and cold as it started Friday.
During the day Saturday the rain was nearly constant. Bands had to be cancelled, but in the evening the rain stopped.
“We ended up having the last two bands come on and the crowd really came out,” Fontenot said.


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