By Cheryl Robichaux
Photos by Meauxtography
Courir de Mardi Gras
A minimum of 30,000 people descend upon Church Point for a rowdy, rural experience during the Courir de Mardi Gras. Held the Sunday before Mardi Gras, participants traditionally wear tall pointed hats called capuchins and costumes with bright colors and fringes.
The party consists of 200-300 costumed horseback riders with at least 200 krewe members running amidst wagons and trailers. The goal? Chase and catch about 50 loose chickens for the communal gumbo, and have fun while doing it! They dance from one household to another for tips and ingredients for the gumbo. The captain of the krewe gets permission to go to each household before they arrive.
Afterward, everyone attends a fais do-do (street dance) and enjoys delicious Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo. For more information on the Courir de Mardi Gras visit www.churchpointmardigras.com.
4,525 in 2017, according to the U.S. Census.
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Gotta Taste It
Must-have Cajun cuisine includes boudin balls and crawfish pistolettes from Vautrot’s Café, a quaint eatery with old-fashioned swinging doors inside the Mini Mart. Owner Josh Venable recently renovated the establishment which offers fresh produce, a meat market, homestyle takeout meals and a drive-thru.
Le Vieux Presbytere, the former pastoral residence, is one of the last structures in south Louisiana to be made of mud wall construction, known as bousillage. The porch’s sky blue color is meant to be an insect deterrent; ideally wasps and bugs would think it was the sky and take up residence elsewhere. Inside the museum you’ll see a trap door on the floor of the foyer, which formerly led to an underground wine cellar.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, built in 1954, has exceptionally beautiful stained glass windows.
Le Parc Du Vieux Depot, the old train depot in the center of town, has horse hitching posts with actual horses’ heads on them.
Louisiana State Trooper Reggie Smith offers concealed weapons classes and target practice sessions at his shooting range, Going Hot. Joey Comeaux, CEO of CoverSix Training Academy, provides Active Shooter Response Training throughout the United States. Smith and Comeaux have partnered together in the hopes of saving as many lives as possible through professional hands-on training.
Mayor: Ryan “Spanky” Meche
Cajun Woodstock benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital will be held April 27-28, 2019 at Church Point City Park. Round steak rice and gravy cook-off, a color fun run, poker run and live entertainment. Come pass a good time in Church Point, Louisiana!