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Mardi Gras 2015 is Tuesday, February 17


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' 2014 Mardi Gras Calendar

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


1st Weekend

Saturday, February 22

7.00am onwards
Annual Mardi Gras Run
in Gueydan.

Annual run sponsored by Le Krewe de la Originals et Les Enfants and the Duck Festival Association features an early morning chicken run beginning at 9 a.m., lunch, live music, an auction and a dance. Parade begins at 3 p.m. Dance starts at 5 p.m.


10.00am onwards
Vinton Mardi Gras Celebration
Downtown Vinton.

Krewe des Gratis will host a gumbo cook-off at 10 a.m., a parade at 2 p.m. ending at Knights of Columbus Hall where the gumbo judging will begin at 3 p.m.


Monday, February 24
8.00am-1.00pm
Krewe of the Golden Years
*Lake Charles Civic Center.

Senior citizens who have passed down Mardi Gras traditions celebrate the season with food and a Mardi Gras ball. Free to seniors 60 and up.

*Visit Marrdi Gras SWLA for the most up-to-date information.



2nd Weekend

Friday, February 28, 2014

7.00pm
Merchants' Parade
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

8.30am
Carlyss Mardi Gras Trail Ride

Begins and ends at West Cal Arena in Sulphur.

Line up at 6 a.m. Admission fee for trail riders is $5.


8.00am-2.00pm
World Famous Cajun Extravaganza/Gumbo Cook-Off
*Lake Charles Civic Center.

You will not want to miss this taste-from-every-pot event or the live, hot Southern and Cajun music that comes along with it. Admission is $5, and children 5 and under are admitted free.

*Visit Marrdi Gras SWLA for the most up-to-date information.


2.00pm
Krewe of Omega Parade
Downtown Lake Charles.


3.00pm-5.00pm
Zydeco Dance
*Lake Charles Civic Center.

Live bands playing Mambo and Zydeco.

*Visit Marrdi Gras SWLA for the most up-to-date information.


3.00pm
Krewe of Barkus Parade
*Lake Charles Civic Center.

Fantastically disguised canines parade in full Mardi Gras attire, all vying for the title of "Mystical Dog." Entry fee applies.

*Visit Marrdi Gras SWLA for the most up-to-date information.


6.30pm
Krewe of Cosmos Presentation
Sulphur High Auditorium.

The Krewe of Cosmos presents their royal court in style at the Sulphur High School Auditorium with skits, songs and more.


7.30pm
Krewe of Illusions
Lake Charles Civic Center.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with the 25th annual presentation of the Krewe of Illusions. Tickets are $30 orchestra, formal attire required. $18 balcony reserved seating and $15 standard balcony seating, casual attire.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

11.00am-2.00pm
Taste de la Louisiane
Lake Charles Civic Center.

Pots and pots of all-you-can-eat traditional Louisiana cuisine for a $7 admission fee.


12.00pm-3pm
Children's Day
*Lake Charles Civic Center.
Old-time Louisiana culture, arts and crafts, Mardi Gras music and magic. An education station complete with safety and health information.

*Visit Marrdi Gras SWLA for the most up-to-date information.


3.30pm
Children's Parade
Downtown Lake Charles.
A purple, green and gold parade for the young and young at heart.


7.00pm
Lighted Boat Parade
*Lake Charles Civic Center.
Be dazzled by the glowing boat parade on shimmering Lake Charles.

*Visit Marrdi Gras SWLA for the most up-to-date information.


Monday, March 3, 2014

7.00pm
Royal Gala
*Lake Charles Civic Center.

The Cinderella moment of the season features the 2014 courts of more than 50 krewes with kings, queens, royal dukes and duchesses, captains, courtesans and jesters. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $6 at the door. Children 5 and under are admitted for free.

*Visit Marrdi Gras SWLA for the most up-to-date information.



MARDI GRAS DAY

FAT TUESDAY, March 4, 2014

10.00am
Iowa Chicken Run

The chicken run starts and ends at KC Hall and runs west down 90.

Ride a float, catch a chicken and finish with some gumbo and live music for a toe-tapping good time.


11.00am
Motor Gras Parade

Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles.


5.00pm
Krewe of Krewes' Parade

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.




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

Events subject to change. Visit Marrdi 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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