The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau recently held a community-wide Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest.  Those entering ranged from school groups, clubs and organizations, professional divisions and residents of all ages.

Da’Jae R. Arthur took home first place in the Children’s Division. Paige Joyce Lorenzi was awarded second place, and Elena Grace Lorenzi won third place. 

First place winner in the Teen Division was Emma Istre.

Mrs. Tina Harris’ class from Kaufman Elementary took first place in the Pre-School Division. Gage Ibeck’s Class from the St. Nicholas Center won second place.

Capturing first place in the Elementary School Division was Mr. Godel’s class from Prien Elementary School. Ms. Landry’s class from Prien Elementary landed second place honors, and Ms. Touchet’s class from Prien Elementary won third place. 

Ms. Donaldson’s class from Iowa Middle School took home first in the Middle School Division.

In Adult Division, Melanie Stahl won first place, and Kathy Heath took second place.

Best of Show was awarded to Emma Istre with her lighted Mardi Gras jester float.

Visitors to the center can vote on their favorite shoebox float for the People’s Choice Award to be presented on Thursday, March 2, at 10 a.m.

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