Let the Gras begin
Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Carmen Blanton, wife of Port Arthur's chief of police, releases a rooster before the annual Southeast Texas Mardi Gras Courir Parade in Port Arthur on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. During the parade, celebrants stop at various points to gather gumbo ingredients. Roosters are released for children to catch for prizes at these points.
Please read, "Chicken chase kicks off Mardi Gras" by Rolando Garcia.