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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' 2015 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.


Mardi Gras Weekend

Friday, February 13, 2015

7.00pm
Merchants' Parade
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles


Saturday, February 14, 2015


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 Mardi 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 Mardi 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 Mardi 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 annual presentation of the Krewe of Illusions.

Cost: Tickets are $30 orchestra, formal attire required. $18 balcony reserved seating and $15 standard balcony seating, casual attire.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

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
This event features old-time Louisiana culture, arts and crafts, Mardi Gras music, magic, and an education station complete with safety and health information.

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


3.00pm
Children's Parade
Downtown-Midtown 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 the dazzling waters of Lake Charles

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


Monday, February 16, 2015


7.00pm
*Royal Gala
Lake Charles Civic Center.

The Cinderella moment of the season features the 2015 courts of more than 50 krewes with kings, queens, royal dukes and duchesses, captains, courtesans and jesters.

Cost: Tickets are $5 in advance, or $6 at the door. Children 5 and under are admitted for free.

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




MARDI GRAS DAY

 

FAT TUESDAY, February 17, 2015

10.00am
Iowa Chicken Run
The chicken run starts and ends at KC Hall and runs west down highway US 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

Come out and see hot rods, classics and motorcycles.


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 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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