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February 1st


The festival is designed to be a family-friendly affair with activities for all ages. Enliven the experience for your little ones with face-painters and bounce houses. Bring the kids to partake in the Children's Chicken Chase, where excitement knows no bounds. Immerse yourselves in the richness of cultural heritage, interactive music, storytelling sessions, and a lively atmosphere that captures the spirit of community and togetherness. 

Kids Chicken Chase

"Little Courirs Chicken Chase!"
Runs start at 1:00pm, 1 run/age group
Ascension Catholic Church - Fenced Yard
804 Pine Street, Bastrop TX

chicken character running in fear

This event does not occur all day. One opportunity to participate.  Runs will begin at 1:00pm.  There will be 5 runs divided by age groups (3-4), (5-6), (7-8), (9-10), (11-12). 


Experience the thrill of Courir de Mardi Gras with a special treat for our little revelers – the Kid's Chicken Chase! Let your children join in the laughter and excitement as they playfully chase chickens, creating cherished memories in the heart of Cajun tradition. It's a unique and joyous way for kids to be a part of Mardi Gras magic. Don't miss this delightful activity designed just for them!

CONTEXT:  The tradition of chasing chickens in the Courir de Mardi Gras traces its roots to rural Cajun communities in Louisiana, where participants engaged in lighthearted and festive pursuits of chickens during the Courir de Mardi Gras. A symbolic and entertaining activity where participants would contribute their caught chickens to a communal gumbo, symbolizing the spirit of sharing and coming together to create a festive and flavorful celebration dish.

"Music Instument Petting Zoo
1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Bastrop Public Library
1100 Church Street, Bastrop TX

Embark on a musical adventure with the Louisiana Folkroots "Music Instrument Petting Zoo"! For the first time ever, the MIP Zoo is traveling outside of Louisiana to bring you an immersive experience that will culminate with a concert by the Steve Riley Family Band. Delight in hands-on interactions with percussion, string, and accordion instruments, offering a taste of traditional Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco music. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a young exploring novice, our collection of authentic instruments and playful toy versions promises a memorable and educational journey.

Join us for this extraordinary activity hosted by Friends of Louisiana Folk Roots!

Louisiana Folk Roots is an organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Louisiana's folk music and traditions. Through various initiatives, including educational programs, events, and community engagement, the organization strives to foster an appreciation for the diverse musical and cultural expressions deeply rooted in Louisiana's history. Louisiana Folk Roots plays a vital role in connecting people with the vibrant traditions of Cajun, Zydeco, and other folk genres, ensuring their continued legacy and relevance.

link to louisiana folkroots

"Steve Riley & the Riley Family Band"
2:30pm - 3:30pm 
Bastrop Public Library
1100 Church Street, Bastrop TX

Grammy-winning musician Steve Riley is a widely acclaimed master of the Cajun accordion. He began his musical career at seven, growing up in Mamou, Louisiana. As a teenager he honed his craft as a student of Dewey Balfa, touring and playing throughout south Louisiana with Dewey until his death in 1992. For the past 31 years, Steve and his renowned group, the Mamou Playboys, have traveled the United States and the world as ambassadors of Cajun music and culture. Also a music teacher of 30 years, Steve has passed his love of music to his two sons, Burke and Dolsy Riley. They both play multiple instruments like their father and have already logged several hours playing and singing onstage with him. In this concert, father and sons perform together as the Riley Family Band.

Bastrop TX Mardi Gras

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