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Lake Charles' Mardi Gras Parades, Krewes & Events

Lake Charles' 50+ krewes (second only to New Orleans) put on an intense multi-day celebration each and every year. Festivities include miles long parades, lavish floats, and tens of thousands of throws.  The best time to compete for Mardi Gras throws, and take in Southwest Louisiana’s display of Carnival floats is during the Krewe of Krewes Parade on Fat Tuesday afternoon.

But in a town known throughout Louisiana for the number, quality, and quantity of its Mardi Gras costumes, the krewes and parading organizations of Lake Charles have a vested interest in turning out regalia for their royal courts that stand head and shoulders above the rest. Accordingly, Lake Charles krewes throw themselves into the competition to present the gulf Coast’s finest royal ensemble.

If you want to see Louisiana’s largest display of Mardi Gras regalia all in one place, your best bet is to attend Lake Charles’ Royal Gala on Lundi Gras (Monday night before Fat Tuesday).  At this overwhelming event, all of Lake Charles’ krewes and parading organizations unveil their royal wardrobes, including outfits for all 50 krewes, complete with individual pieces for kings, queens, royal dukes and duchesses, captains, courtesans, and jesters.  Music and dancing follow the unveiling, and all are welcome to attend.  Tickets may be purchased at the door, and children 5 and under are admitted free of charge.


Lake Charles' 2016 Mardi Gras Calendar

*Denotes events taking place at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Events subject to change. Visit Mardi Gras SWLA for the most up-to-date information.


1st Weekend

Saturday, January 23, 2016
10.00am (Gumbo cook-off starts)
2.00pm (Parade starts)
Vinton Mardi Gras Celebration and Gumbo Cook-off

Downtown Vinton, Louisiana (west of Lake Charles on US 90 & I-10)

Phone: 337-589-7453
Admission: Free
Vinton will usher in the Mardi Gras season beginning with the Knights of Columbus hosting a gumbo cook-off at 10 a.m. and a parade at 2 p.m. The parade will run through downtown Vinton and end at the Knights of Columbus Hall where the gumbo judging will begin at 3 p.m.
For more information on the event and updates, call Vinton City Hall at (337) 589-7453. For general information on the 2015 Mardi Gras season, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 456-7952 or visit Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana.

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2nd Weekend

Saturday, January 30, 2016
2pm (parade starts at 2pm, Mardi Gras activities to follow)
City of Sulphur Mardi Gras Parade


(Cypress Street through the S-Curve to South Huntington St. in Sulphur - west of Lake Charles on US 90)

Phone: (337) 313-1302
Admission: Free
The City of Sulphur Mardi Gras parade will take place on January 30th, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Following the parade, there will be a King Cake Taste Off, live jazz and zydeco music, entertainment for the kids, and food vendors in place at Heritage Square. This event will be free, but bring money to sample the treats our food vendors have to offer!

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Mardi Gras Weekend

Friday, February 5, 2016

7.00pm
Mardi Gras Merchants' Parade
Downtown/Midtown Lake Charles, Ryan Street Lake Charles

Phone: 337-661-3361
Admission: Free

Local business leaders and social organizations take to the streets on festive Mardi Gras floats from the Lake Charles Civic Center to Ryan Street, ending at Sale Road.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Cooking begins at 7.30am
judging at 11.30am
Gumbo served after judging until 1.30pm

*World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook-off

Lake Charles Civic Center (Convention/Entertainment Center), 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles

Phone: 337-475-7393
Admission: $5 (Children 5 & Under are free)

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2.00pm
Krewe of Omega Parade

Downtown Lake Charles, Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles

Phone: 436-1179
Admission: Free
Parade Route: Start on North side of Civic Center to Broad St. heading east to Enterprise Blvd, left on Enterprise to Mill St., left on Mill St. back to Civic Center.

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3.00pm
*Krewe of Barkus Parade
Lake Charles Civic Center (Convention/Entertainment Center), 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles

Phone: 337-439-3300
Admission: Free

A parade of costumed pets and their owners makes for a whimsical, carnival atmosphere.  The title of "Mystical Dog" is given to the most strikingly costumed participant. One of the most highly attended parades during the Mardi Gras season, the day-time parade attracts pet-lovers and families.  Entry fee applies. Organized by Cumulus Broadcasting.

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3.00pm-5.00pm
*Mardi Gras Zydeco Dance

Lake Charles Civic Center (Convention/Entertainment Center), 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles


Phone: 337-436-9588
Mambo and Zydeco with live bands, following the Cajun Extravaganza/Gumbo Cook-off and the Krewe of Omega Parade.  Everyone gets in on the dancing in the spirit of Mardi Gras.

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6.30pm
Krewe of Cosmos Presentation

Sulphur High School, 100 Sycamore Street Sulphur (west of Lake Charles on US 90 & I-10)

The Krewe of Cosmos presents their royal court in style with skits, songs and more. You will not want to miss this glittering Mardi Gras show!

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7.30pm
*Krewe of Illusions

Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles

Phone: 337-436-5843
Admission: $30 orchestra, $18 reserved balcony, $15 non-reserved balcony
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

10.00am-1.00pm
*Mardi Gras Children's Day

Lake Charles Civic Center (Convention/Entertainment Center), Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles

Phone: (337) 425-8623
Admission: Free
Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana is a family-friendly festival and even has an entire day devoted to kids! Children's Day, a free event open to children ages 3 to 11, combines Mardi Gras fun with culture, music and learning on Sunday, February 7, from 10 a.m.  to 1 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall.


2.00pm
Mardi Gras Children's Day Parade

Route is Downtown Ryan St to Sale Rd Ryan Street Lake Charles

Phone: 337-425-8623
Admission: Free
A purple, green and gold parade in Lake Charles for the young and young at heart.


7.00pm
Mardi Gras Lighted Boat Parade
Lakefront Promenade - 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles

Admission: Free
Be dazzled by the glowing boat parade on shimmering Lake Charles. A purple, green and gold parade for the young and young at heart.


11.00am-2.00pm
*Taste de la Louisiane
Lake Charles Civic Center (Convention/Entertainment Center), 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles

Phone: 337-436-9588
Admission: $7
Pots and pots of traditional Louisiana cuisine ready to be sampled, all for a $7 admission fee.


Monday, February 8, 2016

7.00pm
*Mardi Gras Royal Gala
Lake Charles Civic Center (Convention/Event Center), 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles

Phone: 337-244-1466
Admission: $5 in advance, $6 at the door, children 5 & under are free

The Cinderella night of Mardi Gras manifests on Lundi Gras, Monday, February 8 at 7 p.m. with a lavish promenade of more than 60 krewes' royalty in extravagant, glittering costumes before thousands of residents and visitors at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum.

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MARDI GRAS DAY

FAT TUESDAY, February 9, 2016


8am (doors open)
9am (Mardi Gras floats start lining up)
10am parade rolls.

Iowa Chicken Run

Begins and ends @ KC Hall, 503 U.S. 90 Iowa, LA (east of Lake Charles on US 90 & I-10)

Phone: 337-842-1875 and 337-884-1403
Admission: $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children 12 & under
Catch a chicken at the 36th annual Mardi Gras Run on Tuesday, February 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 503 E Highway 90, in the town of Iowa. Doors open at 8 a.m., the Mardi Gras floats start lining up at 9 a.m. and the parade rolls at 10 a.m.

At 4 p.m., Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Crush will put on a performance at the KC Hall.
For more information, please contact Rodney Victorian at (337) 842-1875 or Kimmy Bellard at (337) 884-1403.

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5.00pm
Krewe of Krewes Mardi Gras Parade


Downtown/Midtown Lake Charles - Ryan Street Lake Charles


Phone: 337-436-9588
Admission: Free
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles. Hundreds of elaborate krewe floats, costumes, beads and more wind through the city in the culmination of the Fat Tuesday celebration.

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11.00am
Motor Gras Parade

Ryan Street Lake Charles

Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles. Hot rods, classics and motorcycles

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9.00am registration
10.00 start

(Times may vary - check the website listed below)
*Mardi Gras Queen's Pageant

Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles

Phone: 337-660-1968
Admission: $5 Adults/$3 Children 12 & Under
For more information: http://www.visitlakecharles.org/event/mardi-gras-queens-pageant/25913/
Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana invites all young ladies between the ages of 5 and 23 for Miss divisions or 24 and up for the Ms. division to enter the 2016 Miss Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana pageant on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Contraband Room, held at 9 a.m. for pageants featuring participants 5-15 years old and 6:30 p.m. for those 16-24 years old and up.
Contestants must be residents of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron or Jeff Davis Parishes.  There are eight different age categories.  The queens will reign over the 2016 Mardi Gras festivities in Lake Charles and be presented at parades and events. Entry forms available at Mardi Gras SWLA  





*Denotes events taking place at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

Events subject to change. Visit Mardi Gras SWLA for the most up-to-date information.


Lake Charles Mardi Gras calendar information provided courtesy of Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana.


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