LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Mardi Gras may still be a few weeks away, but in Cameron Parish, they kicked things off on Saturday with the Courir de Mardi Gras.
“They’ve had the Mardi Gras here for years and years and it kind of died off, so we’re trying to revive it," said Derrick Waguespack, a member of the Krewe de Cajun Fous.
The goal of the day was to bring back the traditional roots of Mardi Gras.
Together, the Krewe loaded up in trailers and drove around Cameron Parish begging for ingredients to create the perfect gumbo, complete with a chicken run.
“You’re preparing for lent. You’re having one big party. Mardi Gras is one big party before 40 days of fasting for lent, so everybody just cuts loose, goes wild," Waguespack said.
Cherie and Derek Hardie are two of the founders of the Krewe de Cajun Fous.
They said the day was all about bringing the community together and to have a good time while doing it.
“A lot of friends, lower Cameron Parish, and a lot of Southwest Louisiana just all getting together and promoting a new Krewe and trying to get everybody together and just having a good time,” Cherie Hardie said.
The celebration was one of the many events in the Lake Area leading up to Mardi Gras on Mar. 5.