Eunice Mardi Gras

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Craig Burns, of Wheaton, Missouri, and Sheila Chop, of Pineville, Missouri, were the first dancers of the evening as the Eunice Mardi Gras celebration opened on 2nd Street with Kyle Huval & the Dixie Ramblers performing Friday. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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Pat Frey, Le Vieux Mardi Gras de Cajun capitaine

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Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers performed as the first band of the five-day Eunice Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras celebration arrives

Given a weather forecast for 80% chance of rain on Monday, it looks like this year will be another wet Mardi Gras.
Pat Frey, Le Vieux Mardi Gras de Cajun capitaine, said, “We think it is always wet for Mardi Gras.”
Frey spoke Thursday to the Eunice Kiwanis Club about the upcoming 124th Eunice Mardi Gras Run.
Explaining the need for traditional costumes and masks, Frey said, “You are supposed to go out and do different things and play havoc in the community and they don’t need to know who you are.

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Barricades were up by Tuesday in downtown Eunice as the Mardi Gras season approached. Street closures begin today and continue through Mardi Gras. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Mardi Gras season beginning

Barricades were in place by Tuesday in downtown Eunice as the Mardi Gras season approached.
And, Wednesday night’s Taster’s Choice fundraiser at LSUE kicked off the Mardi Gras season in Eunice.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said the public should experience limited parking on Walnut Street east of 2nd Street today. The area will be the site of food trailers.
Sometime after 5 a.m. Friday street department crews will begin putting up a music stage on Walnut.
Limited parking will be available on Walnut west of the stage.

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Lineup for the 2017 Mardi Gras in Eunice.

Pre-registration for Le Vieux Mardi Gras De Cajuns is Saturday

The Le Vieux Mardi Gras De Cajuns is scheduled for Mardi Gras with registration at the Northwest Community Center in Eunice from 6 to 8 a.m.
Registration is $40. Registration is required in person, with a valid driver’s license required, must be 18 years of age.
There will be no horse-drawn vehicles, four-wheelers or bicycles allowed in the run.
Traditional costumes will be required. Trailers will be limited to 40, 16 association trailers, on a first come first serve basis. A tag will be issued. All riders on trailers or truck bed must register and pay a $40 fee.

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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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