Tee-Mamou/Iota Mardi Gras

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 7:12pm

While beads might be a part of your Mardi Gras in Iota they do things a little different.

"It's very family oriented and we enjoy watching all the children."

Home cooked food, family and a whole lot of dancing make up this Mardi Gras celebration.

"Last year was our first year. We love the music, we love the food, all the people… we just have a great time over here."

So, what does this party lead up to?

The famous and often rowdy, Tee-Mamou Mardi Gras’s!

They come barreling into town with one thing on their minds…. money.

To get this money they sing a song that's been sung for generations…..

It's meaning….for people to give them a chicken or nickel so they can make a gumbo.

It seems every year people can't get enough of this age old tradition.

"It's the old way of Mardi Gras and they keep that way."

One by one on lookers are gathered on stage for a dance and then the Mardi Gras’s are off to end the day with a gumbo.