Mardi Gras Celebrations in Lake Charles, La. Promise Plenty of Fun

Friday, January 07 2011 11:09   Festivals
One of the great Mardi Gras places to visit and celebrate this season is Lake Charles, La., and this year's lineup of fun events occurring March 4-8, 2011 looks better than ever. From gumbo delights and parades, to Zydeco music, dancing and block parties, organizers promise you'll have a great time.

Not many people realize this, but outside New Orleans, Lake Charles has the largest Mardi Gras concerning the number of krewes; almost 60 krewes. Lake Charles is also the only place in Louisiana to see all royal kings, queens and courts promenade in their exquisite costumes in one place - at the Royal Gala, March 7, the night before Mardi Gras!

lakecharlesmardigrasMardi Gras weekend begins with the Merchant's Parade, Friday, March 4. Local merchants join in the spirit of the season to delight parade goers at this evening parade. The parade will roll through Lake Charles at 7 p.m.

The weekend rolls on with the Krewe of Omega parade at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, that weaves around downtown, bringing festival-goers back to the Civic Center for a Zydeco Dance, from 3-5 p.m.

There will also be a furry, four-legged parade at 3 p.m. with the Krewe of Barkus. Man's Best Friend never looked so good in green, gold and purple! And be sure to bring your spoon and appetite for the World-Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook-off, being held at the Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

Although most Mardi Gras balls are private, two krewes in the area open theirs up to the public on Saturday night. The Krewe of Illusions will hold its own ticketed gala at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The Krewe of Cosmos will be strutting their stuff Saturday, March 5 at the Sulphur High School Auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 6 will bring a day full of activities! For just $6, you can taste from every pot at the Taste de la Louisiane, and bring the little ones to Children's Day, from noon - 3 p.m. This is a free cultural event.

They will participate in arts and crafts, music and a Mardi Gras celebration that is just their size. Afterward, head outside for the Children's Parade, just for them and the whole family! Polish off Sunday night with a glittering spectacle of lights on the lake for the annual Lighted Boat Parade at 7:30 p.m.

Lundi Gras, or the Monday before Mardi Gras, March 7, has been coined the Cinderella Moment of the season with the Royal Gala, a night of glitz, glamour and royalty at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

At 7 p.m. the 2011courts will promenade in noble fashion, preparing for the big Krewe of Krewes parade on the final night of Carnival. This event is open to the public and the only of its kind in the state of Louisiana. Tickets are $6 at the door and children under the age of 5 are admitted for free.

On Mardi Gras Day, March 8, wake up and head to Downtown Lake Charles for the Krewe de Charlie Sioux Block Party starting at noon. Food, music and fun will be going on all day. There will also be children's activities, so it is an event for the whole family.

The Hot Rods, Classics and Motorcycle Parade will roar through Lake Charles at 1 p.m. Finally, that night, the streets of Lake Charles come alive for one final night of purple, green, gold and all the magic and revelry that can be mustered. Be sure to bring a bag to carry home all of your treasures!

Hotel room packages are available for those wishing to experience Mardi Gras in Lake Charles. Packages can be viewed at and include lodging and a pass to many of the events listed above. For more details on the various Mardi Gras events, visit .


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