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Mardi Gras - Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana 2015

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!
January 6-February 17, 2015

2015 Parade Route - View Map

*Denotes events taking place at the Lake Charles Civic Center

2015 Events

*Twelfth Night
Tuesday, January 6, 7pm
An enchanting evening with the 2014 royal courts of more than 50 krewes making their last glittering promenade, ushering in the 2015 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.

*Community Dance
January 23rd
Free Mardi Gras dance presented by the City of Lake Charles and Community Inclusion.

*Queens' Pageant
January 10th
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Annual Mardi Gras Run
January 24th
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
February 7th
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.

City of Sulphur Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday, February 7, 2 p.m.
The parade will consist of Mardi Gras Krewes, merchants, individuals, groups and organizations, and the route will be from Cypress Street through the S-Curve to South Huntington Street. To sign up for the parade or for more information, contact Sulphur City Hall at 337-527-4500 or email mayorsoffice@sulphur.org.

*Krewe of the Golden Years
Monday, February 10, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum
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 13, 7 p.m.
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles

Carlyss Mardi Gras Trail Ride
Saturday, February 14, 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.

*World Famous Cajun Extravaganza/Gumbo Cook-Off
Saturday, February 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
You will not want to miss this taste-from-every-pot event or the 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, February 14, 2 p.m.
Downtown Lake Charles.

*Zydeco Dance
Saturday, February 14, 3-5 p.m.
Live band playing Mambo and Zydeco.

* Mystikal Krewe of Barkus Parade - Register
Saturday, February 14, 3 p.m.
Fantastically disguised canines parade in full Mardi Gras attire, all vying for the title of "Mystikal Dog." Entry fee applies.

Krewe of Cosmos Presentation
Saturday, February 14, 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, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with the 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, February 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pots and pots of traditional Louisiana cuisine ready to be sampled, all for a $7 admission fee.

*Children's Day
Sunday, February 15, 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, February 15, 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, February 15, 7 p.m.
Be dazzled by the glowing boat parade on shimmering Lake Charles.

*Mardi Gras Madness 5k
Sunday, February 15, 1:30 PM
The brand new race is unlike any the Lake Area has seen before! Most of the race will head down Ryan Street along the Children's Day Parade route. Registration will take place at 1:30 PM on the Civic Center grounds near Gill Street. The race will start at 2:30 PM.

*Royal Gala
Monday, February 16, 7 p.m.
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. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $6 at the door. Children 5 and under are admitted for free.

Fat Tuesday

Iowa Chicken Run
Tuesday, February 17, 10 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
Date Change - Sunday, February 15, 11 a.m.
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles. Hot rods, classics and motorcycles.
Please note that due to weather, the Motor Gras Parade has been moved to Sunday, immediately following the Children's Parade. It is expected that the weather will clear up Tuesday before Krewe of Krewes in the afternoon, so the Mayor's Office met with Mardi Gras, and they decided to move Motor Gras to Sunday since it was scheduled originally for Tuesday.

Krewe of Krewes' Parade
Tuesday, February 17, 5 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 www.swlamardigras.com for the most up-to-date information.