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


The Original Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival
Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event


LAKE CHARLES-The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Original Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival as a Top 20 Event for the second quarter of 2014.

The festival will be held Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. With crawfish season in full swing, Steamboat Bill's will be on site selling over 10,000 pounds of hot, boiled crawfish. Other highlights include live music by Geno Delafose and Grammy award winner Chubby Carrier, a parade, and the Mitchell Brother's Carnival. Don't forget to also check out the queen's pageant or participate in the crawfish eating contest.

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