For Immediate Release
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Kaylen Fletcher, public relations manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest
Professional Entries Face-off!
Registration Deadline Extended to January 21

LAKE CHARLES, La. (January 7, 2013) - The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is enticing the professional community to bedazzle their shoeboxes for Mardi Gras and compete for the battle of the best designer in the Lake Area. Knight Media Inc. has thrown down the first gauntlet and issued a challenge to other professional businesses to submit their own shoeboxes.

Simply decorate a traditional cardboard shoebox with items such as glitter, glue, feathers, beads, sequins and more to represent the Mardi Gras glitz and glamour.

The deadline for registering is January 21. 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.

There are other additional categories such as school group divisions, amateurs and adult civic groups and organizations.

To register or for more details, visit or contact Cindy Johnson with the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 337-436-9588 or