Eunice Mardi Gras

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Eunice Mardi Gras Captain Pat Frey prepares to offer a chicken to the runners in the 2019 run. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Mardi Gras Run still planned

The Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras will take place although on a smaller scale than previous years, Captain Pat Frey said.
Frey confirmed the run following a number of Mardi Gras event cancellations.
“We are going to go by the governor’s guidelines, so we only going to to have a 150 runners,” he said.
Eunice Mardi Gras runs typically number toward hundreds of participants and a downtown crowd of more than a thousand people.
Applications to be in the run have been on online at the Le Vieux Mardi Gras De Cajuns de Eunice’s Facebook page.

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Mardi Gras in Eunice 2020. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice downtown Mardi Gras canceled

The downtown Eunice Mardi Gras celebration is officially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was announced at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting.
Mardi Gras is on Feb. 16.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said, “I think it would be a public health issue to invite the world to Eunice...”
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ restrictions include a limit of 150 people at an event, he said.

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Pat Frey, Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras captain, at the 2019 Mardi Gras. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Mardi Gras decision pending

No decision has been made about holding the Mardi Gras in downtown Eunice, but the Courir de Mardi Gras is planned.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot says whether Mardi Gras is celebrated here is a sensitive decision.
There are economic, cultural and COVID-19 concerns for an event that packs people into downtown Eunice.
Mardi Gras is Feb. 16. Fontenot suspects the Jan. 16 Board of Aldermen meeting might be the deadline to make an announcement.

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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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