Your Guide to Carnival Season in Lafayette, LA and the Acadiana area
Rural Mardi Gras
Drive out of Lafayette just ten miles or so in any direction and you'll find the Mardi Gras season celebrated in a whole different way. Shiny floats are replaced with flatbeds, wagons and men on horseback. Glittery costumes are replaced with frocks of patchwork and calico, screened masks and tall, pointed capuchons...an art form all their own.
A king and a royal court? Maybe at the Golden Age club. Look instead for Capitaine and his band of merry men on horseback. A traditional fais-do-doreplaces a fancy ball. And you haven't seen it all until you've seen the courir, a house-to-house escapade in search of gumbo fixins'.