2003 Mardi Gras Pictures

LeJeune Cove, March 1, 2003

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The second annual LeJeune Cove Mardi Gras Courir, a revival that began in 2002 of a run held decades ago, was another great success. Like last year, the run recaptured the spirit of the old time Mardi Gras: a release from everyday routines, lots of cutting up and breaking the rules, and, along with all the antics, a feeling of community shared by neighbors who clearly were having a lot of fun.
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On a foggy, cloudy morning, the runners gathered next to the Pointe aux Loups Bed and Breakfeast on Highway 91 near Iota, and Father David Broussard gave his blessing for a safe run at about 7:45 a.m.

Captaine Gus Gravot led the run toward the first stop. At each stop, he rode up to the home first to get permission before signaling the Mardi Gras to enter the property. Once the runners were in front of the home, they knelt to sing the LeJeune Cove Mardi Gras Song, and then they began dancing and carrying on, looking for fun.

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The photos below show the Mardi Gras swooping up children in their arms. "I'm going to put you in the gumbo," one said while a small boy giggled. They also begged, danced with the women, and tried to harass the co-capitains.

Click here for lots of chicken chasing photos.

Click to go to the opening LeJeune Cove page.

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Posted 3-10-03