|The pictures on this page depict activities in
Eunice on Sunday and Monday before Mardi Gras.
On Sunday, downtown Eunice hosted an old-fashioned boucherie: hog butchering
and preparation of all kinds of Cajun pork dishes: boudin, cracklins, pork stew, and other
traditional dishes. Each Sunday before Mardi Gras, starting about 10 a.m., a hog is
actually cut up, and the meat is distributed to the cooks who are ready with their large
black pots and other customary utensils. Bands start playing music about 11 a.m. and
continue into the afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Eunice Children's Courir is making its way
through the town's streets, stopping for chicken chases at several spots. The
children ride on trailers. About 3 p.m., a large crowd watches the courir parade
down Second Street.
On Monday every year, the street dance begins in the early
evening and continues late into the night. Pictured is J.C. Carriere (on accordion) and
Hot Step, and, in the right column, Junior Melancon on accordion, leader of the Come Down