No floats or beads at this Mardi Gras, but there are chickens : The Picture Show Faquetaigue Courir de Mardi Gras is all about chickens, mischief and gumbo. Photographer Bryan Tarnowski captured it all.

No floats or beads at this Mardi Gras, but there are chickens

Masked Mardi Gras revelers in a field. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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Masked Mardi Gras revelers in a field.

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Instead of parades, floats and beads, what about chickens, gumbo and tomfoolery? Last week, as many communities around the world celebrated Mardi Gras in a conventional manner, others observed the day in a more distinctive fashion.

Courir de Mardi Gras takes place in towns around Louisiana's Cajun Country and just a three-hour drive west of New Orleans, in Eunice, Louisiana, participants celebrate Faquetaigue Courir de Mardi Gras. Here, you won't find your typical Mardi Gras festivities, but instead, a mob of partygoers prancing through fields, knocking on doors and chasing chickens all while dressed in intricate costumes.

Mardi Gras revelers walk to the next house for another round of the chicken chase and to beg for other supplies such as beer, boudin, and rice and beans. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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A Mardi Gras dressed in traditional sloth scraps and handmade mask to hide their identity. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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Joel Savoy, a Cajun musician and music producer from Eunice, helped start the annual Faquetaigue Courir de Mardi Gras in 2006. Savoy said he and his friends wanted to create a more inclusive Mardi Gras experience for people of all ages. Photographer Bryan Tarnowski last captured the event five years ago, on Feb. 28, 2017.

Louisiana's Courir de Mardi Gras can be traced as far back as the 18th century. It originates from the medieval fête de la quémande, or feast of begging, during a time when rural French people disguised themselves in masks and conical caps and went door to door, performing for neighbors in exchange for gifts.

Today, this all takes place in the southwest region of Louisiana. No spectators are allowed and all participants must be dressed in costume.

After the Mardi Gras try to sneak past Le Capitaine onto the property of the next house the homeowner will release another chicken for them to chase and capture. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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A Mardi Gras leaps for a chicken. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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Early in the morning, the Mardi Gras, as the group or individuals are known, gather to listen to le capitaine, or the leader of the group, give a speech about the day and its rules and traditions. The Mardi Gras are dressed in elaborate clothes that replicate those from medieval times, which were originally designed by poor French people to mock the aristocratic elite.

The Mardi Gras run through an open field chasing down another chicken. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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Partakers spend the morning entertaining neighbors for gumbo ingredients. At one point, revelers form a human pyramid to climb a greased pole that's capped with a chicken — the day's grand prize.

After the event concludes in the afternoon, participants gather to enjoy some communal gumbo.

One of the chickens to be captured is placed at the top of greased pole. The Mardi Gras have to find a way to ascend the pole to get the chicken before moving onto the next property. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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The Mardi Gras who successfully ascended the greased pole and got the chicken. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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The culmination of all the begging and chasing of chickens is a fresh bowl of gumbo after a long day. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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A couple of masked Mardi Gras revelers. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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Mardi Gras revelers walk to the next house for another round of the chicken chase. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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Once the courir is over bands play music while revelers eat gumbo and rest after a lot of walking and running. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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Le Capitaine signals the Mardi Gras to follow back to the start of the courir where gumbo will be eaten, music will be played. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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One of the captured chickens that was released for the Mardi Gras to chase and later to be cooked and eaten in the communal gumbo at the end of the courir. Bryan Tarnowski hide caption

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One of the captured chickens that was released for the Mardi Gras to chase and later to be cooked and eaten in the communal gumbo at the end of the courir.

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Photographer Bryan Tarnowski is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana, regularly working in the Gulf Coast, New York City, and anywhere else assignments bring him. Follow his work at bryantarnowski.com or on Instagram: @btarnowski