For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, Executive Director
Angie Manning, Communications Director
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952 

Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival
Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

LAKE CHARLES (April 16, 2013)-The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival as a Top 20 Event for the second quarter of 2013.

Held April 30-May 12 on the grounds of the Lake Charles Civic Center, the festival features events such as concerts, carnival rides, cook-offs, pirate parades, fireworks and more.

The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States. The bureau nominates all area fairs, festivals and events quarterly. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the "best of the best" from submitted entries. Events are selected from each of the following STS member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. The potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

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