Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville brings a traditional country Mardi Gras run to the city for its annual Courir de Mardi Gras with the Basile Mardi Gras Association. “This is our heritage, culture and tradition. This is us. This is how we’ve always done it – to go out and beg, sing, dance and hopefully get everything we need for a gumbo,” explains Russell “Potic” Rider – President of the Basile Mardi Gras Association.