Cajun Chicken Races Spice Up Rural Mardi Gras

As festive parades spark a raucous blur of purple, green, and gold on the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, a different kind of Mardi Gras will blossom in the state’s rural Cajun communities.

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, the final day of the weeks-long Carnival season of feasting and celebration. For Christian revelers, it is the final blowout before Ash Wednesday and the pre-Easter penitential season of Lent.