Iowa Chicken Run rolls today
Posted on 2/17/2015 4:03:00 AM.
One of the state's more unique Mardi Gras traditions happens in the Calcasieu Parish town of Iowa.  The Iowa Chicken Run is an all day celebration that begins and ends at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Organizer, Rodney Victorian, says his grandfather started this event 36 years ago.
"He and some more fellows, they went out through the community and just picked donations and stuff, and went back to the KC Hall, where we'll wind up at, and they just gave a big dance and gave free gumbo for the community."

The parade will begin at 10AM and will stop at participating homes to collect ingredients for a gumbo that will be served later in the day.  Victorian says kids can try to catch something other than beads and toys in Iowa.

"We throw chickens and stuff.  You know, just let the chickens loose for the kids to catch them, and stuff like that."

When a donation to the gumbo is made, a chicken is thrown in the air for the children to catch.  Victorian says the Iowa Chicken Run attracts visitors from all over to partake in the festivities.

"The last three years, the Lake Charles Tourist Bureau has been working with us and they have been bringing a lot of tourists in from all over:  Canada, New York, and all over."

The chickens are not harmed and not used to make the gumbo. 
(Photo credit:  Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau) 
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