Mardi Gras kicks off with the Twelfth Night celebration held at the Lake Charles Civic Center, which draws thousands to see the grand promenade of more than 60 krewes. Visit the Mardi Gras Museum with the largest Mardi Gras costume display in the world. Parades, Children's Day, a Zydeco dance, a… Read More →
Our warm, Cajun personalities will make you feel at home while exploring our diverse offering with the glitz of casino gaming, quiet golf greens, live music at trendy nightspots, Cajun culinary creations and restaurants, not to mention year round fishing and hunting that are second to none. Outdoor adventures also include a journey into Louisiana's Outback along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. Southwest Louisiana is the Festival Capital of the state boasting over 75 fairs and festivals including Mardi Gras, the Contraband Days Pirate Festival and the Cajun Music & Food Festival. And, the Charpentier Historic District and area museums give visitors a glimpse into our past. For the perfect family trip, group tour, reunion or convention, it's Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana and its six cities: Lake Charles, Sulphur, Westlake, DeQuincy, Vinton and Iowa.