Several hundred people on horseback, with many in colorful costumes took part on Sunday in the 54th annual Cajun courir, or Mardi Gras “run.”

The run started in downtown Church Point and meandered through the countryside where the riders begged residents to give them food donations to use in the community gumbo. In exchange, the riders sang, danced and acted mischievously, entertaining the residents.

The riders also chased live chickens as part of the traditional Cajun courir, but this year the chickens did not end up in the gumbo.

Apart from the chicken chasing, one of the more humorous moments came when a rider used a toy spear to take down a drone camera. After the run, the riders paraded back to town where thousands gathered for a Cajun-style street party.