Register by December 28

LAKE CHARLES, La. (December 4, 2012) - The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is inviting the community to bedazzle their shoeboxes and help usher in the Mardi Gras season.  Shoebox floats represent a seasonal piece of Louisiana and every family member can join in the creative fun and submit an entry into the Shoebox Float Contest.

Anyone can participate.  Simply decorate a traditional cardboard shoebox with items such as glitter, glue, feathers, beads, sequins and more.  There are school group divisions as well as divisions for amateurs ranging from child to adult, with an additional category for adult civic groups and organizations.

The deadline for registering is December 28.  Floats will be received at the bureau's Welcome Center, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles on February 1 from 3-4:30 p.m.  Judging will take place on February 2 with the awards ceremony at noon.  Shoebox floats will remain on display at the bureau through February 22.  The People's Choice Award will be presented on February 21.

For a list of prizes, registration form and more details on the contest, visit or contact Cindy Johnson with the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 337-436-9588 or