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Mardi Gras Archive: Final update of this page completed in 2009.

Elton is a small town about 15 miles west of Eunice in Jeff Davis Parish (when people refer to the parish, no one ever uses the full name of the Confederate president, Jefferson Davis). 

The Elton Courir, which was revived in the mid-1990s, follows the same route as the courir in 1925. The Mardi Gras also sing the same song that dates from 1925. Typically, the courir has started at sunrise north of Elton and gone through the Coushatta Indian reservation before heading south toward Elton, arriving about 3 p.m. for a parade (the route has varied some years).  Most of the members of the all-male courir are fairly young.  They are dedicated to preserving tradition, but they also keep the Mardi Gras spirit alive with their antics.  Pictures on this page are from the 1998 and 1999 courirs,  held on the Saturday before Mardi Gras.

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The cocapitaines wield their whips
in a mock attempt to maintain order.

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When the Mardi Gras stop at a house, they dance with all the women.


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"Monica Lewinsky," shown above riding bareback, and Bill Clinton shared a wagon in the 1998 courir. Monica and Bill, incidentally, were on the verge of stealing the photographer's car, but Bill told Monica that car theft wouldn't be very presidential. Mocking authority figures is part of the Mardi Gras tradition going back to the Middle Ages, exemplified in the bishop's attire worn by a 1999 Mardi Gras in Elton, shown at right.



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At one home the Mardi Gras spontaneously decided to play a game dubbed "Roll a Bertrand" (that's Mr. Bertrand at right on the ground being rolled). Mardiel5.jpg (17965 bytes)


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While the photographer wasn't paying attention, the capitaine waved his flag to signal the Mardi Gras that they could enter the property of a homeowner who had a chicken. This is what it looks like to be in the path of a Mardi Gras charge.

Click here for additional pictures of the 1999 Elton Courir.

 For more information, about the Elton Courir, contact David Bertrand, (337) 584-5199.

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