For Immediate Release


Katie Harrington, executive director

Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., 337-526-9009



Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana Launches Free App


LAKE CHARLES, La. (December 17, 2013) -Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., has launched a free smart phone application in time for the 2014 season. Available for download via iTunes and the Google Play Store, the app features complete event listings, parade routes and links to the organization's social media feeds.

One of the most useful features available through the app is the ability to receive notifications if an event time or location is changed due to unforeseen circumstances like inclement weather.

 "In the past when we have had to adjust parade times or move events indoors when weather has become an issue, these communicating these changes has been a challenge," said Katie Harrington, executive director of Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana. "We are excited to now be able to send out notifications to our app users in addition to alerting everyone via local media, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and social media."

For more information, call the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588.