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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a notice that following continued improvement in Louisiana’s COVID-19 outlook and a significant increase in testing capacity and contact tracing, Louisiana is ready to move to Phase 2 of the White House’s reopening strategy on June 5. Many businesses and events have adjusted to accommodate patrons during this time. View Updates

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Amos orr
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Amos Orr

Amos Orr moved to Lake Charles in 2008 from northern Indiana. Sometimes called "the Damn Yankee" by his Lake Charles friends, he has embraced the culture, food, and destination as his own, living as a perpetual tourist in his own hometown. After a short stint of living in New Orleans from 2015-2018, Amos has returned to Lake Charles with a newfound appreciation for the community and all it has to offer.

Before I Die...

"Before I Die" is a global public art project that invites the community to share their personal aspirations in a public space through non-destructive graffiti. The project, which started in New Orleans, will now be featured in SWLA in the heart of downtown Lake Charles. The public is encouraged to…

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Great Festivals and Events

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana plays host to over 75 festivals a year! Needless to say, there is virtually always something happening. We would like to highlight a couple great events for you to consider. Arts & Crabs Fest Saturday, August 17, 2013 Arts & Crabs Fest began in 2010 as a response to…

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Southwest Louisiana Top 20 Restaurants

We all need to eat, right? And when we go on trips, we like to have great food and experiences sampling the local cuisine. In Southwest Louisiana's case cuisine and culture are almost synonymous! In an effort to make it easier for visitors to find the best Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana has to…

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How to Peel a Crawfish

Lake Charles / Southwest Louisiana is known for its amazing cuisine, and no cuisine is held on a higher pedestal to locals than Crawfish (aka- mudbugs or crawdads). Usually boiled in a large pot and liberally seasoned, it's not unusual to see a local go through at least 5 lbs of these delicious…

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My First Mardi Gras

As an individual who grow up in the cornfields of Northern Indiana, nothing could prepare me for the excitement that is Mardi Gras! Sure, we had our county festival that was plenty exciting with rides, entertainment, food and, my personal favorite, the pig races, but the fair never lasted long…

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