For Immediate Release


Shelley Johnson, executive director
Kaylen Fletcher, public relations manager 


Miss Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana Pageant
Open for Entries

LAKE CHARLES, La. (December 20, 2011) - Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana invites all young ladies between the ages of 5 and 23 for Miss divisions or 24 and up for the Ms. division to enter the 2012 Miss Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana pageant.

It will be held Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Rosa Hart Theatre at 9 a.m. for pageants featuring participants 5-15 years old and 6:30 p.m. for those 16-24 years old and up.

Contestants must be residents of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron or Jeff Davis Parishes. There are eight different age categories. The queens will reign over the 2012 Mardi Gras festivities in Lake Charles and be presented at parades and events. 

Entry forms are available at Rhinestone Runway, Broadway Royalty Boutique and the Imperial Pageant Gallery. Entry forms can also be obtained online at, and the deadline to enter is Wednesday, Dec. 21. 

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 years old and under. Programs are $5 each.

For more information on all Mardi Gras events in Southwest Louisiana, please contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or visit