Although most people typically associate Mardi Gras with Bourbon Street and the French Quarter in New Orleans, there is another Mardi Gras tradition that has been practiced for generations in Louisiana’s Cajun Country.
In 1975, video pioneers TVTV produced the documentary “The Good Times Are Killing Me” about the people they met in the towns of Basile, Mamou, and Eunice, Louisiana. The video documented the old culture and way of life, including the traditional Courir de Mardi Gras or “Mardi Gras Run,” a celebration involving masked revelers riding from house to house begging for live chickens and other ingredients for use in a communal gumbo.
The production crew for “The Good Times are Killing Me” includes Wendy Appel, Paul Goldsmith, Peter Hliddal, Robby Kenner, Hudson Marquez, David Myers, Allen Rucker, and Suzanne Tedesko.
Watch the full documentary at Media Burn Archive.