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Chasing Chickens: Celebrating the Courir de Mardi Gras Tradition

Whenever you think of Mardi Gras, you probably think parades, floats and beads being thrown in the air, but there is another side of Mardi Gras that’s not as widely known outside of the Cajun and Creole cultures of Southwest Louisiana. It’s called, “Courir de Mardi Gras.” Going door-to-door, dressed in disguise, singing old Cajun French songs, chasing chickens, and collecting ingredients for your gumbo are all a part of the Courir de Mardi Gras tradition. “This goes back several generations,...

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When And Where To Catch Mardi Gras Parades Friday Through Tuesday

Mardi Gras appears to be back in full swing after Thursday's parades were canceled due to high winds. Here's a rundown of some of the big parades happening around town over the next few days.

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Trump Pardons Edward DeBartolo Jr. For '90s Gambling Fraud Felony

President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal that involved former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.

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ARTS & CULTURE

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This week on Inside the Arts, Carnival revelry kicks into high gear as Mardi Gras is here! 

 We’ll explore adventures along the parade route. Food writer Ian McNulty looks at a new variety of king cakes.  Reporter Betsy Shepherd has an eye on Fat Tuesday’s environmental impact.  And, WYES TV host Peggy Scott Laborde joins us with a preview of the LIVE broadcast of the Rex Ball and the Meeting of the Courts of Rex and Comus.  Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Dennis Guidry/WWNO

Whenever you think of Mardi Gras, you probably think parades, floats and beads being thrown in the air, but there is another side of Mardi Gras that’s not as widely known outside of the Cajun and Creole cultures of Southwest Louisiana. It’s called, “Courir de Mardi Gras.”

Going door-to-door, dressed in disguise, singing old Cajun French songs, chasing chickens, and collecting ingredients for your gumbo are all a part of the Courir de Mardi Gras tradition.

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With just a couple days left before Mardi Gras Harry Shearer brings us Dominion, News of the Goldy, News of the Warm, News of the Olympic Movement, News of Bad Banks, News From the Land of 15,000 Princes, The Apologies of the Week and great music centered around New Orleans.  

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FOOD & DINING

Ian McNulty

Mardi Gras is a celebration in motion. Today, I’m giving a shout out to some unsung heroes who help keep the wheels turning.

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5 Things To Watch For In Tuesday's South Carolina Democratic Debate

Days before the South Carolina primary, seven Democratic candidates will face off in a debate in Charleston, S.C. The debate comes after Sen. Bernie Sanders handily won the Nevada caucuses, won in New Hampshire and tied in Iowa. Here's what you need to know: When is the South Carolina Democratic debate? Tuesday, from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Where is the debate being held? Charleston. What channel is the debate on? CBS and streaming online on CBSN. Who is moderating the debate? CBS Evening News...

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