Ride on a Mardi Gras Float! Enter TODAY!
You can still enter the Merchants’ Parade, Children’s Parade, Boat Parade, Red Hat Parade or Past Royalty Parade. Entry deadline is February 17. Forms and information are available at www.swlamardigras.com.
Shoebox Floats are In!
The Mardi Gras Shoebox Floats are in, and it’s time for you to come and vote for your favorite for the desirable “People’s Choice Award,” to be given away right after Mardi Gras. With over 50 entries this year, your decision won’t be an easy one! Visit the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau to see all of the floats from now until Feb. 26.
Krewe of the Golden Years, Monday, Feb. 16
Seniors from all over Southwest Louisiana are invited to celebrate Mardi Gras in their own celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. There will be a fais-do-do and other entertainment. Free to seniors 60 and up.
Merchants’ Parade, Friday, Feb. 20
Merchants from all over the Lake Area will be high atop floats and trucks, helping to bring in the fantastic events that will happen during Mardi Gras weekend. The parade begins at the Lake Charles Civic Center at 7 p.m., and will travel down Ryan to Sale St.
World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook-off, Saturday, Feb. 21
Your mouth will water at the culinary concoctions created by local chefs. With a delightful array of homemade gumbo, you will not want to miss the opportunity to try everything! Dance off your caloric intake with the hot music that will accompany the cook-off. The cook-off and music will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Carlyss Trail Ride, Saturday, Feb. 21
Join fellow trail riders at 8:30 a.m. in Sulphur at the West Cal Arena. It’s free to watch, but only $5 to participate!
Krewe of Omega Parade, Saturday, Feb. 21
The Krewe of Omega will have their parade through downtown Lake Charles, beginning at 2 p.m.
Zydeco Dance, Saturday, Feb. 21
Dance to rockin’ Zydeco and Mambo tunes played by live bands at the Lake Charles Civic Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Krewe of Barkus Parade, Saturday, Feb. 21
See Fido in all of his Mardi Gras glory at the Krewe of Barkus Parade. This parade, especially for dogs, gives furry and four-legged family members a chance to show their Mardi Gras Spirit at 3 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Krewe of Cosmos Presentation, Saturday, Feb. 21
The Krewe of Cosmos will present their 2009 King, Queen and Royal Court at the Sulphur High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. See their colorful costumes and find out who was chosen as this year’s royalty!
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The Krewe of Illusions will be presenting their 2009 court and Krewe to the Lake Charles Civic Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dress in your formal wear in orchestra seats ($30), or come casual for $18. Tickets are available at the door or from a krewe member.
Taste de la Louisiane, Sunday, Feb. 22
Traditional Louisiana cuisine overflows from pots. Bring your spoon, and for $5, you can taste from each pot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center!
Children’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 22
Children are the center of attention in this day-long celebration! Start out at the Civic Center with activities including arts, culture, music and Mardi Gras magic. These activities will be going on from noon to 3 p.m. After that, head outside to see the parade, which begins at 3:30 p.m. and will go through downtown Lake Charles.
Lighted Boat Parade, Sunday, Feb. 22
It’s a Mardi Gras celebration on the water! Brightly decorated boats and watercraft will be celebrating Mardi Gras with a nautical flair. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Be at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall for the best seats in the house! To enter your boat, visit www.swlamardigras.com for details.
Royal Gala, Monday, Feb. 23
It’s the Cinderella moment of the season…with all of the krewes taking time to introduce their courts for 2009 beginning at 7 p.m. After the presentation, stick around the Lake Charles Civic Center for music and dancing, the night before Fat Tuesday.
Krewe of Charlie Sioux, Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24
Sioux City, Iowa, Lake Charles’ Sister City, will host a block party for everyone beginning at 10 a.m. on Fat Tuesday. The party will be located at the corner of Broad and Ryan Streets. There will be activities for the whole family, including games for the kids, music and food!
Red Hat Parade, Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24
Wear your red hat and purple garb as the Red Hat Parade rolls at 10:30 a.m. This parade will go through downtown Lake Charles. You don’t have to be a member of the Red Hat Society to enjoy this parade! To enter a float, visit www.swlamardigras.com for details.
Past Royalty Parade, Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24
New to the Fat Tuesday line up this year, the Past Royalty Parade invites all royalty from all festivals to enter a float and parade on Mardi Gras day. This parade will roll right after the Red Hat Parade, so make sure to keep your seat! To enter a float, visit www.swlamardigras.com for details.
Krewe of Krewes’ Parade, Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24
The culmination of Mardi Gras begins at 5:30 p.m., when Lake Charles bursts at the seams with beads and revelry of all shapes and sizes. Beginning at the Lake Charles Civic Center, hundreds of floats along with krewes, queens and courts, will parade down Ryan St. to Sale St. Celebrate the final moments of Mardi Gras at this family-friendly event.
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