These photos were taken during the first hour of the Egan Mardi Gras run on a cool, cloudy
morning that began with intermittent light drizzle. The Mardi Gras were in high spirits as
they left the Knights of Columbus Hall near Crowley and headed down the Egan Highway in
At each stop, they sang their
version of the Mardi Gras song that is also heard on the Tee-Mamou runs and then begged
for ingredients to make a gumbo. At one stop, one of the Mardi Gras started to make
off with a lamb, but relented after a few steps. At the next stop, the same Mardi Gras
caught a chicken, which he held up for everyone to see.
Tony Lacombe, who worked to revive the Egan run in 2001, was
in blackface, leading the Mardi Gras in song.
That evening, the Egan Courir held a gumbo and dance at the
KC Hall, where awards were distributed.