The time of year that people around the country look forward to celebrating is Mardi Gras in Louisiana. One of the best places to celebrate this festive event is in Lake Charles. The atmosphere and culture of the city is perfect for festive-filled fun and excitement. There is a sensational warmth, associated with the Cajun element that Mardi Gras boasts and this is the city that brings it all to life. If you’ve never been to Mardi Gras or if you attend each year, make sure Lake Charles is your primary destination for the perfect year of festive fun during the biggest celebration of the year.
Here are the top Mardi Gras events in Lake Charles:
Twelfth Night Celebration – this exciting celebration begins in early January. Bring in the New Year with this annual celebration on your list of traditions to start. The event features a royal court that amazes the eyes and arouses the creative imagination of attendees.
Parades Galore – Southwest Louisiana will feature 15 parades with the festive color combination of purple, green, and gold. The famous Krewe of Barkus Parade, trail rides and Children’ Parade will be among the featured events. New additions to the line-up include Second Line Stroll, which is a walking parade, and the Cajun Carnival.
Royal Gala – a favorite among many, this one offers a royal experience in full regalia. Visitors should go to the Lake Charles Civic Center to enjoy this event.
World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook Off – the staple food of Mardi Gras is gumbo and everyone who claims to be the best gumbo cook will have a stake in this race. Features amateur and professional teams that cook up their best tasting gumbo. Enjoy succulent spices, rich flavors and just the right amount of heat to fire things up.