Friday, January 13, 2017

Things to Do: Iowa Chicken Run, Lake Charles, Louisiana


Iowa Chicken Run  February 28, 2017.  Procession goes down Highway 90.  $10, under 13 $5.  Centered in the rural suburb of Iowa (pronounced “Ioway”), this relaxed event involves riding a float and throwing beads, chasing chickens, and finishing with some gumbo and toe-tapping live music.  All you need to do is follow the Captain’s lead.  When he blows his whistle, you either exit your float at a stop or board your float quickly to move on to the next stop.  You can also walk or dance between stops.  Based on old tradition, the procession stops at different homes along the way where the Captain collects ingredients from homeowners for the gumbo.  At stops, folks dance to Zydeco music played on accordions and scrub boards, and then the Captain throws a chicken into the air.  When it lands, the chicken starts running, the children chase it, and everyone moves on when the Captain blows the whistle again.  Not to burst any bubbles, but the chicken is sometimes actually a rooster, and it isn’t cooked into a gumbo that night.  It lives to run again the next year.  At the end this event, everyone enjoys a gumbo feast and more music and dancing.  


participants in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
participants in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana


masked man in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
masked man in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana

 
Zydeco band in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
Zydeco band in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana


participants in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
participants in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana


gumbo ingredients donated by home owner in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
gumbo ingredients donated by home owner in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana


rooster participant in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
rooster participant in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana






child captures chicken in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
child captures chicken in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana


chicken-capturer in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
chicken-capturer in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana

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images and video ©2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 


4 comments:

  1. Looks like fun - I'm glad the chicken lives to tell the tale!

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  2. At first glance, being a runner, I thought this was a running race (for humans, not chickens)! What a riot! This just adds to the whole Mardi Gras experience. As Karen said, I'm glad the chicken lives to tell the tale!

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    1. Well, the chicken in the event lives, but other chickens don't and are part of the gumbo feast.

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  3. We spent some time in Louisiana a few months ago in NOLA and I've developed a real appreciation for Zydeco music and the sheer energy of both the tunes and the musicians. This Mardi Gras celebration looks like a lot of fun and thinking of a pot of gumbo makes my mouth water. Mmm!

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