For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Kaylen Fletcher, public relations manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

  Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana
Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event 

LAKE CHARLES, La. (December 20, 2011)-The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana as a Top 20 Event for 2012. From glittering parades and royal costumes to mambo, Zydeco and gumbo, the festivities have something for everyone, January 6-February 21.

Featured events include the 12th Night celebration on Thursday, Jan. 6; the Cajun Extravaganza/Gumbo Cook-off, Children's Day and topping off the season is the Royal Gala on Monday, Feb. 20, and the Krewe of Krewes Parade on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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, Arkansas, 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. The potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

For more information, contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588, or visit