Mardi Gras - Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana 2013

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Feathers, fabulous frocks and the fais-do-do can only mean one thing-it's Mardi Gras time! Lake Charles, Louisiana does it like no other.

Experience the Magic of Mardi Gras!

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*Denotes events taking place at the Lake Charles Civic Center

2014 Events

*Twelfth Night
Monday, January 6, 6:30PM
An enchanting evening with the 2013 royal courts of more than 50 krewes making their last glittering promenade, ushering in the 2014 season. Luxurious door prizes, music and dancing! Tickets are $5 in advance, or $6 at the door. Children 5 and under are admitted for free.

*Queens' Pageant
Saturday, January 11, Times Vary

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

*Community Dance
Friday, January 10, 6-8:30 p.m.
Free Mardi Gras dance presented by the City of Lake Charles and Community Inclusion.

Annual Mardi Gras Run
Saturday, February 22, 7 a.m. - until, 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.

Vinton Mardi Gras Celebration
Saturday, February 22, 10 a.m.-until, Vinton
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.

*Krewe of the Golden Years
Monday, February 24, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
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.

Merchants' Parade
Friday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles

Carlyss Mardi Gras Trail Ride
Saturday, March 1, 8:30 a.m.
Begins and ends at West Cal Arena in Sulphur. Line up at 6 a.m. Admission fee for trail riders is $5.

Friday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. There will be a dance with a live band featuring Joe Harmon & the Harmonics at West Cal Arena. $5 per person.

*World Famous Cajun Extravaganza/Gumbo Cook-Off
Saturday, March 1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
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.

Krewe of Omega Parade
Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m.
Downtown Lake Charles.

*Zydeco Dance
Saturday, March 1, 3-5 p.m.
Live bands playing Mambo and Zydeco.

*Krewe of Barkus Parade
Saturday, March 1, 3 p.m.
Fantastically disguised canines parade in full Mardi Gras attire, all vying for the title of "Mystical Dog." Entry fee applies.

Krewe of Cosmos Presentation
Saturday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
The Krewe of Cosmos presents their royal court in style at the Sulphur High School Auditorium with skits, songs and more.

*Krewe of Illusions
Saturday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
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.

*Taste de la Louisiane
Sunday, March 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pots and pots of all-you-can-eat traditional Louisiana cuisine for a $7 admission fee.

*Children's Day
Sunday, March 2, noon-3 p.m.
Old-time Louisiana culture, arts and crafts, Mardi Gras music and magic. An education station complete with safety and health information.

Children's Parade
Sunday, March 2, 3:30 p.m.
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles. A purple, green and gold parade for the young and young at heart.

*Lighted Boat Parade
Sunday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Be dazzled by the glowing boat parade on shimmering Lake Charles.

*Royal Gala
Monday, March 3, 7 p.m.
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.

Fat Tuesday

Iowa Chicken Run
Tuesday, March 4, 11 a.m.
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.

Motor Gras Parade
Tuesday, March 4, 11 a.m
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles

Krewe of Krewes' Parade
Tuesday, March 4, 5:00 p.m.
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 for the most up-to-date information.