For Immediate Release: November 13, 2014
For Further Information Contact:
Denise Fasske, Arts & Cultural Events Director
Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center 337-491-9159

The City of Lake Charles Announces plans for the
Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration

LAKE CHARLES- Santa Claus is coming to town during the annual Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration Saturday, December 6, 2014. Beginning at 1 p.m. local groups will join Santa for the journey from Mill Street, south on Ryan, concluding at 7th Street. Eight year old Carter King Sarro will serve as Grand Marshal. Carter represents the Up-4-Downs organization which provides support, education, and vocational development, for individuals with Down Syndrome. He attends Prien Lake Elementary, enjoys playing soccer and baseball, and roots for the Saints and LSU Tigers. Carter is the son of Rick and Melanie Sarro. Lake Charles Toyota/Scion will award prizes for best in floats, marching bands, decorated vehicles and specialty groups.

Follow the parade to the Lake Charles Civic Center for the festivities. Santa's Workshop will take place from 2-5 p.m. with tiny tots in the Exhibition Hall and ages 6-12 in the Coliseum. Thanks to the support of Entergy, kids are invited to join in the reindeer games with prizes and gifts as well as arts & crafts, food, activities, storytelling, music and much more. The Community Band Christmas Concert will begin at 3:30p.m. in the Civic Center second floor Mezzanine.

Gather around the front lawn at 5 p.m. for the lighting ceremony with entertainment including the Barbe Show Choir. Carter Sarro will assist Mayor Roach with flipping the switch at 6 p.m. to light up the many brilliant ornaments positioned at the Civic Center entrance.

Captains are called upon to round up the crew for the annual lighted boat parade at 6:30 p.m. An assortment of boats reflecting the spirit of the season will parade past spectators along the Lakefront Promenade. Awards will be given for the best decorated boats 21 ft. & under and 22ft. & over. Categories include first-third place, best of show and best crew. At 7:15 p.m. tune into 92.9 The Lake FM for the simulcast music as the fireworks extravaganza will light up the lake. Food vendors will be available on the lakefront this evening.

All events are free for attendees as well as participants. Additional support is provided by a grant from the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. For entry forms or more information, please contact the City of Lake Charles at 337-491-9159,