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Dance for a Chicken: The Cajun Mardi Gras

Film by Pat Mire
Produced by Pat Mire
Cinematographer: Charles Bush, John Britt, Jerry Devillier, Greg Milneck
Sound: Terry Knight, Blaine Dunlap, Randall LaBry
Editing: Jerry Devillier, Charles Bush, Pat Mire
Copyright: 1993, Pat Mire
56 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1993
Distributor: Pat Mire Films
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Cajun filmmaker Pat Mire gives us an inside look at the colorful, rural Cajun Mardi Gras. Every year before Lent begins, processions of masked and costumed revelers, often on horseback, go from house to house gathering ingredients for communal gumbos in communities across rural southwest Louisiana. The often-unruly participants in this ancient tradition play as beggars, fools, and thieves as they raid farmsteads and perform in exchange for charity or, in other words, "dance for a chicken."

Dance for a Chicken is an articulate, intelligent, and compelling film portraying the richness of indigenous Louisiana Cajun culture. Without question the best Mardi Gras film to date. A true gem.
--- Tom Rankin, Center for the Study of Southern Culture

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