Cajun Chicken Races Spice Up Rural Mardi Gras

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 7, 2005   View Article

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.

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