Pictured (L to R): Mayor Nic Hunter of Lake Charles and Denise Fasske, event director, receive the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award from Sam Wilkinson, chairman of the board of directors of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau.




For additional information, contact:

Colten Miller, publications/systems manager

Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952


Red, White, Blue & You

Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

LAKE CHARLES, La. (June 23, 2018)—The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the City of Lake Charles’ Red, White, Blue & You Celebration as a 2018 Top 20 Event for the month of July.

On Wednesday, July 4, celebrate our forefathers and veterans who fought for our freedom and current troops who now protect it. The celebration will kick off with a star-spangled street parade at 6 p.m. that will roll from Mill St. and south on Ryan St., concluding at Dr. Michael Debakey Dr. The celebration continues at the Lake Charles Civic Center Arcade Pavilion with concessions, face painting and a patriotic program. The program begins at 6:45 p.m. with the sounds of Hailey and Brett Cooley. The Lake Charles Community Band, along with the Louisiana Choral Foundation and Friends, will also take the stage featuring a sing-a-long and a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces. Audience members are encouraged to bring their blankets or lawn chairs. The program will close with a fireworks extravaganza, beginning at 9:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.cityoflakecharles.com or call (337) 491-9159.

The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States. The bureau nominates all area fairs, festivals and events quarterly. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the “best of the best” from submitted entries.

Events are selected from each of the following STS member states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. Therefore, the potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588, or visit www.visitlakecharles.org.