, Port Arthur, Texas

February 27, 2014

Courir offers chicken chasing fun

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — “Marilyn Monroe” is one fast chick but Landon Davis is even faster.

Davis, 13, raced across the lawn at the historic Pompeiian Villa until he caught up with the chicken not far from the front of the building.

The chicken chasing good time was part of the Courir du Mardi Gras held along Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur on Thursday.

Over at the Villa members of the Port Arthur Historical Society offered hot chocolate to visitors waiting for the parade to arrive. Christine Beard, docent of the Villa, wore a colorful jester’s hat as she waited for the arrival of the festivities.

Richard and Rosa Ramsey brought along their granddaughters, Melanie, 6, and Mia, 4.

“We’re never been to the chicken toss but it’s my day off and my husband said ‘let’s get the grandkids and go,’” Rosa Ramsey said.

Down the road in the parking lot of the Carl Parker Center “Jivin’ Gene” Bourgeois belted out the tunes before handing the microphone over to The Ken Marvel Band.

Bourgeois is this year’s parade marshal for the 2014 Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas celebration.

Veronica Vidalier brought along her three children; Lyndon Vidalier, 5, Layden Vidalier, 2, and Lillie Hernandez, 11 months.

“I remember coming to the Courir as a kid,” Vidalier said. “We never missed a year. We’ve chased chickens and we’re chased pigs.”

Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas will continue Friday through Sunday with parades, concerts, street entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors and a carnival.


• 7 p.m. — Golf Cart and ATV Parade. Starts at Rosehill/Seawall, travels down Procter Street ending at Houston Avenue

• 7 p.m. — Valero Krewe of Krewes Parade. Starts at Rosehill/Seawall, travels down Procter Street ending at Houston Avenue

• 7 p.m. — Main Stage entertainment — American Sons

• 10 p.m. — Main Stage entertainment — Robert Earl Keen

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the gate.

For more information, call 721-8717.


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