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Chickens run wild at Tee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras

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BASILE - The Tee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras in Acadia Parish is something you won't see anywhere else in the world.

It starts off with singing and dancing and then the attention turns to the chickens.

"It's fun to do. It's more fun chasing them than catching them actually. You get to watch everyone rolling around on the ground," said chicken chaser David Frey. "It's just a good time. It's the quintessential great time. You'll never have a better time than doing something like this."

Revelers wearing homemade masks and costumes beg for loose change and food by singing a French song that dates back hundreds of years. The cajuns say it's a way to relieve part of their rich heritage in Louisiana.

"It's just a good thing. You can't go out anywhere in the world and experience something like this. It's good family, friends, good times...just a great thing to do," said Frey. "Kids to the older people that's been seeing this forever...you can see that their faces light up. They like seeing the old way. It's just a good time man."

After the revelers are done gathering up enough food, the community goes to the festival to cook up a pot of gumbo.

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