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This costume appeared in Lucerne, Switzerland at Carnival.

This costume appeared in Lucerne, Switzerland at Carnival.

Riders stand on their mounts at the Cajun Courir de Mardi Gras, Church Point, La. Photo by Laura Gerdes Colligan

About 150 miles away from the hustle and bustle of New Orleans’ biggest party of the year, there is another indigenous Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana’s Cajun country.

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Fasnacht Festival Lanterns

Fasnacht Festival Lanterns

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2012 People dressed for the Lucerne Carnival pose for photographers in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Traditional Mardi Gras Costumes - Bing Images

Chasing chickens, dancing on horseback, drinking at five in the morning, boucherie and fais do-do -- it's all part of what folks outside of New Orleans call the real Mardi Gras.

"Courir de Mardi Gras - Parce qu'il a pas sa bonne tête", 16" x 20", oil on canvas. All rights held by the artist, Herb Roe © 2015. #cajun #louisiana #courirdemardigras #mardigras

"Courir de Mardi Gras - Parce qu'il a pas sa bonne tête", x oil on canvas. All rights held by the artist, Herb Roe ©

Eunice, Louisiana:  2014 Mardi Gras Schedule of Events

Eunice, Louisiana: 2014 Mardi Gras Schedule of Events

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Basler-Fasnacht_03.jpg 800×600 pixels

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