Mardi Gras – Allen Parish
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Allen Parish / Mardi Gras


Celebrate Mardi Gras like you never have before!

This is your official invitation to join the Allen Parish Mardi Gras L’ancienne facon, the old way, on Fat Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

Colorful costumes, horses and good Cajun music are the ingredients for the Allen Parish Courir de Mardi Gras. On Fat Tuesday there is a trail ride through the community. After the trail ride, all gather to share in the community gumbo and then it’s time for the dance! Step into Cajun Country and experience a real Courir de Mardi Gras!


Courir de Mardi Gras Roll Call begins at 7:00am <click for details>

Mardi Gras Lunch Stop Party around 11:00am.*
This is the location of the lunch stop for the Mardi Gras riders. It’s sure to be entertaining and an unforgettable experience! <click for address>

Mardi Gras Parade around 3pm-4pm*
After the Mardi Gras parade leaves, make your way to Oberlin Main Street. Here the Mardi Gras riders dismount their horses and walk, dance and parade down Mainstreet giving you the perfect opportunity for pictures, dancing and a whole lot of laughing!

The Community Gumbo around 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.* <click for address>
Bring your own drinks and dance, laugh and eat some good ole’ Cajun gumbo.

Mardi Gras Dance will be from 6:30pm to 10:00pm <click for details & address>  Live Music provided by Kevin Naquin & Cajun Preservation. There is a cover charge.

* Times are tentative due to varied speed of the trail rides.



Tradition has it that the yearly celebration of Courier de Mardi Gras came from the old country. Back then, during the summer, the weather permitted the poor people to be able to grow their own food. But in the winter, the ground was frozen and did not permit a garden to be grown. The poor (the Have-Nots), in their tattered and torn clothes, would make their way to the rich peoples’ houses (the Haves) and would dance, play and entertain the Haves. In return, the Haves would reward the Have-Nots with very much needed food to feed their families, which allowed the Have-Nots to make it through the winter.

The Allen Parish Courier de Mardi Gras keeps this tradition alive with a 15-mile trail ride featuring horses and Mardi Gras dressed in colorful costumes with fringes, masks, and hats (called a Capuchon). The fringe represents the torn and tattered clothes from the Have-Nots. The masks allow the Mardi Gras to be anonymous and uninhabited; therefore, more mischievous.

The Captain rides into the yard of a neighbor living along the trail ride and asks the owner if he/she has any food for the community gumbo. If the neighbor says he/she does, the Captain raises his red flag and the Mardi Gras come riding in on their horses, dismounts and the fun begins! The dancing and mischievous antics guarantee a fun and fabulous time!

The food given is then taken to the cooks making the gumbo and the Mardi Gras mount their horses to travel to the next house to start the process all over again.

Lunch Stop Party


Allen Parish has accommodations from cabins to hotels to RV parks. Plus, some of the most authentic Cajun food anywhere! Make yourself comfortable, step into Cajun Country and stay with us a while!

For more information, please call the Allen Parish Tourist Commission, 888-639-4868 or check out our website: www.allenparish.com.