2006 Mardi Gras Pictures
Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras, Feb. 28, 2006
The new route of the Eunice courir passes by LSUE, so it seemed appropriate to try to get a few shots about 11:30 a.m. as the first part of the run advanced past the campus. We had the campus cordoned off with the ubiquitous yellow tape that people around the area put up to discourage riders from trampling their lawns. But we couldn't prevent the visual assault of images like the one shown from the Lost Bayou Ramblers' lead band wagon: Louis Michot wore a mortar board cap, a Mardi Gras tradition going back to medieval times intended to mock the academic pretensions of those of us in higher education. Click on thumbnails to access larger photos.
These photos were taken about 1 p.m. The Mamou chicken chasers were relentless. The Mardi Gras dancing on his horse looks like he might be riding a surfboard. He kept his balance. Wiping out on asphalt pavement has to hurt even more than being hit by high surf.
These photos were taken right before the Tee-Mamou Mardi Gras arrived at the Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival and during their initial ride into town. That's Anita Dupre from LSUE's Financial Aid Office posing at the Catholic Daughters of America booth, which sells syrup pies (come early for those) and beignets. After the Mardi Gras ride into town, they dismount from their trailers, walk to the dance stage, and perform for the crowd. Click thumbnails to access larger photos.
These photos start about 3:15 p.m. right after the Basile Mardi Gras paraded on foot into downtown Basile, led by Capitaine Potic Rider (shown in the first photo). The last photo shows Brandon Moreau on fiddle and Danny Shuff waving his accordion to the beat of the "Pine Grove Blues." Click thumbnails to access larger photos.
These photos start about 4:15 p.m. as the last trailers from the courir paraded past the Liberty Theater, long after the horse riders had gone by. Meanwhile, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys were playing at the main bandstand. At 6 p.m., Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie drew a more than capacity crowd to Nick's on 2nd. The dance shots were taken while Geno was play "The Eunice Two-Step." Click on thumbnails to access larger photos.