Events

Mardi Gras Weekend

February 24 - February 27, 2017

Merchants’ Parade
Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles

World Famous Cajun Extravaganza Gumbo Cook-off
Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
You will not want to miss this taste-from-every-pot event or the live, 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, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.
Downtown Lake Charles.

Mardi Gras Zydeco Dance
Saturday, Feb. 25, 3-5 p.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
Live band playing Mambo and Zydeco.

Mystical Krewe of Barkus Parade
Saturday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
Fantastically disguised canines parade in full Mardi Gras attire, all vying for the title of “Mystical Dog.” Entry fee applies.

Krewe of Illusions Presentation
Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
Celebrate Mardi Gras with the annual presentation of the Krewe of Illusions. Tickets are $40 for orchestra seating & ball (formal attire required), $18 balcony reserved seating and $15 standard balcony seating, (casual attire).

Taste de la Louisiane
Sunday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
Pots and pots of all-you-can-eat traditional Louisiana cuisine for a $7 admission fee.

Children’s Day
Sunday, Feb. 26, Noon – 3 p.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
Old-time Louisiana culture, arts and crafts, Mardi Gras music and magic.

Children’s Parade
Sunday, Feb. 26, 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, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
Be dazzled by the glowing boat parade on shimmering Lake Charles.

Royal Gala
Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Lake Charles Civic Center
The Cinderella moment of the season features the 2017 courts of more than 60 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.

Events subject to change. Visit SWLAMardiGras.com for the most up-to-date information.