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For additional information, contact:

Eric Zartler, Vice Chair

Louisiana Pirate Festival, Inc.

(337) 436-9588 

Louisiana Pirate Festival, May 3-13

LAKE CHARLES, La. (March 13, 2018) — Food, music, carnival rides and pirates! The Louisiana Pirate Festival is taking place Thursday, May 3 – Sunday, May 13, along the shores of Lake Charles and at the Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive.

The pirate landing will take place on Friday, May 4, and Mayor Hunter with the City of Lake Charles will walk the plank! There will be special events, Todd Armstrong Carnival Rides and Louisiana crafts and the culinary coffer throughout the festival.

New to the event is the Louisiana Pirate Festival Street Parade on Sunday, May 6, from 2-4 p.m. as pirates, community organizations, businesses and participants enjoy a festive Louisiana street parade!

Also, be transported into the land of the islands for the Louisiana Pirate Festival Costume Ball, benefitting St. Nicholas Center, from 8:30-11:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, with entertainment provided by Mixed Nuts. There will be an opening reception with hors d’oeuvres for this event from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. The ticketed costume ball is sponsored in part by Bayou Rum, and it will take place at the Lake Charles Civic Center, Buccaneer Room.

The packed entertainment lineup consists of all Louisiana musicians such as Amanda Shaw, Sean Ardoin & Zydecool, Rusty Metoyer & the Zydeco Krush, and the Flamethrowers with genres such as swamp pop, Cajun, Zydeco, R&B, country to rock and roll. Headliner and country music star Dylan Scott of Bastrop, La., will close out the entertainment line-up for the festival, featuring his tops songs including his #1 hit “My Girl” which topped the Country charts last year.

In addition to carnival rides, arts, food, and entertainment, you will not want to miss the bathtub races and bed races, back by popular demand!

Other activities include the American Cornhole Organization Regional Competition, costume contests, Gator Grand Prix Go-Kart Races, Pirogue Building and Racing, Rain Gutter Pirate Ship Building and Racing, cannon demonstrations, Spittin’ Image Look-alike Contest, the Barbecue Competitors Alliance (BCA) Cajun Pirate Cook-off, Buccaneers Costume Contest for Children, fireworks over the lake and more.

Entry to the festival and parking are completely free. However, tickets for the Louisiana Pirate Festival Ball are $45 for a single entry, $75 for a couple and $400 for a premium, reserved table of eight. Pirate attire is requested for the costume ball, and you must be at least 21 years old to attend.

The festival is sponsored by the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, McDonald’s, Louisiana Radio Communications, Full Air, TelCom, Billy Navarre Chevrolet, Profit & Loss, Raising, Cane’s, Bayou Rum, Todd Armstrong Shows, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Lloyd Lauw Collision, Frosty Factory, Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel Lake Charles, First Federal Bank of Louisiana, Event Solutions, Henderson Implement, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Dupont Sewer, Allstate Insurance Agents Dean & John Day, Boost Mobile, Crane Ceaux and Advantage Machine Supply, LLC.

For more information on the entertainment lineup, contests, activities or to sign up for the parade, contact the Louisiana Pirate Festival office at (337) 436-5508, send an e-mail to or visit for participation forms.