NEW TOUR FEBRUARY 20 - 26, 2020! Cajun Country Mardi Gras. You may be familiar with the New Orleans-style Mardi Gras, but have you ever danced for a chicken at a Cajun Country Courir de Mardi Gras? When you see the word Cajun in front of just about anything, you know you've found something completely different. That's certainly the case with Cajun Country Mardi Gras! Now, we won’t comment on whether Cajun Country Mardi Gras is better than the carnival-style Mardi Gras that New Orleans is best known for, but it is definitely unique and worth a trip to Acadiana. Feel like dancing for a chicken? Traditionally known as Courir de Mardi Gras, festivities occur in towns throughout central Louisiana’s Cajun Country. Rooted in French medieval history and brought to Louisiana in the 19th century, Courir de Mardi Gras has many rituals that come together in a celebration on Fat Tuesday (March 5, 2019). It's commonly referred to as "the real Mardi Gras." You’ll see colorful costumes, hear traditional Mardi Gras songs and taste authentic Cajun cooking. Each town’s Courir de Mardi Gras is special. In rural towns and communities like Mamou, Iota, Elton, Church Point, Faquetaigue and Soileau, you’ll find food and events more Cajun than the names of the towns. In Church Point, there is a children’s run held a few days before the traditional Fat Tuesday ride. In Tee-Mamou, the capitaine raises a flag to let Mardi Gras runners know to dismount their trucks and approach the house, chanting a traditional “begging song” called Le chanson de Mardi Gras. This community hosts one of the most remarkable celebrations, which draws upwards of 10,000 visitors to events that feature dancing and a separate women’s run on the Saturday preceding Fat Tuesday.
Looking for a totally New Mardi Gras Experience for your group?
Over the years Acadiana Byways has built partnerships creating a unique fun filled package for groups visiting the Acadiana area during Mardi Gras. This part of Louisiana which is known as the heart of Cajun Country offering the best music and food also has two types of Mardi Gras for all to enjoy.
Ozarkland Group Tours
This Six Day Package Includes the following:
-Interactive Museums on Cajun Culture
-Cajun Cooking Demonstration
-Lots of LIVE Cajun Music
-Three Cajun Food Factory Tours
-Visit to working Crawfish Farm
-World renowned “Cajun Grand ole Opry” Show
-Three traditional Couir de Mardi Gras events
-Two City of Lafayette Parades with reserved Viewing
-Boiled Crawfish & Boudin Sampling
-Driving tour of downtown Lafayette
-Visit and tour of Historic Home
-Cajun Dance Lessons
-Couir de Mardi Gras Mask & Hat Making Workshop
-Two Interactive Music Shows
-Driving tours of Unique “Capital” cities
-Full Tour Coordination Services
-Step on Guide Service
-Five Cajun Dinners
Ozarkland Group Tours Itinerary begins
Afternoon of Thursday, February 20, 2020 through
Evening of Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
Acadiana Byways with Mama Redell Miller & TJ Miller will be our host.
Please visit Acadiana Byways on their Facebook and their website
to see many more photos and videos of groups enjoying their visit to Acadiana.
NEW TOUR FALL OCTOBER 4 - 17, 2020! Customers have asked for this many times since I have been in business for 28 years. Across Canada By Train! Fall oN October 4 - 17, 2020. Travel across eight Canadian provinces on four exciting trains to create the ultimate Canadian rail adventure! Tour Description: your 14-day tour begins in the coastal city of Vancouver. This spectacular coastal city is home to beautiful landmarks like Gastown, the Sunken Gardens, and Queen Elizabeth Park. You will have time to discover all these exciting sights on a guided tour before boarding VIA Rail's Canadian to continue to your next destination, Toronto. Before arriving, enjoy your four-night rail journey aboard the Canadian as you get to know your fellow travelers, read a good book or take in the beautiful passing scenery. When you finally arrive in Toronto on Day 6, spend the day doing some shopping, dining at an ethnic restaurant or taking in a show! From Toronto take a short journey to the spectacular Niagara Falls. Take a boat ride to witness firsthand the magical falls that make this magnificent landmark so famous. You will then travel by rail from Toronto to Montreal. Have time at leisure to explore legendary attractions like Old Montreal and the Olympic complex. After, journey to the French city of Quebec. You will have ample time to visit the historical and modern highlights of this beautiful city on a comprehensive sightseeing tour. The perfect way to witness the absolute beauty that encompasses the city. Continue on your rail journey from Quebec City to Halifax aboard the Ocean. While in Halifax you can visit charming Lunenburg, a scenic port town with the largest fish fleet in Nova Scotia.