Starting at 6 a.m. on fat Tuesday, more than 2,000 runners gather in the center of Eunice, La., wearing colorful frayed costumes, masks made of wire mesh and pointy hats called "capuchons," for the annual "Courir de Mardi Gras" -- the Mardi Gras run.
From the center of town, they climb on horses and flatbed trucks for a daylong drunken adventure through the countryside. Traditionally, people went from house to house gathering ingredients for a grand gumbo (today, they just make the gumbo downtown) fit for carnival. The runners will sing, dance and make a general spectacle of themselves to collect food.
Sometimes, the gift comes in the form of a live chicken thrown into the field for participants on foot and horseback to chase. The result is less than orderly, because a beer truck is flanking the run at all times.
Read about the origins of chicken chasing at AOL News. Link