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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a notice that effective May 15 the state of Louisiana will enter Phase 1 for reopening that will last until June 5, the next update on reopening will be on June 1. Many businesses and events have adjusted to accommodate patrons during this time. View Updates

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Panorama Music House- Music, Food, and Moore

There is a certain element of electricity and excitement in Downtown Lake Charles these days, and I’m about to introduce you to one place in particular that certainly has a heavy hand in fueling that feeling! It was my pleasure to meet with the owner, Jay Ecker, who gave me a complete tour of the…

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Pageantry and History of Mardi Gras

Experience Mardi Gras in a whole new way! There are two words synonymous with fun in Lake Charles..."MARDI GRAS!" Reflecting upon the season probably brings to mind images of parades, king cakes, beads, masquerades, and zydeco music to name a few. These are just some of the ingredients that go into…

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Favorite King Cakes of SWLA

A staple of The Season and a much-loved tradition, King Cake is as much a part of Mardi Gras as the parties and parades. The people of SWLA have very passionate opinions about where to find and what makes up the best King Cakes to indulge in. I recently set out to find out the local favorites. To my…

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The Big Reveal for Mardi Gras 2020

It's Official! Mardi Gras has Begun! 🎉 On January 3rd, the 2020 Mardi Gras Season in Lake Charles kicked off with a downtown party that brought the community together to enjoy music, food, libations and the big reveal of the official 2020 Mardi Gras Artwork! So who is behind this festive piece of…

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Ringing in 2020!

Southwest Louisiana Countdown to New Year's! 2020 is fast approaching! You have probably started thinking about your New Year’s Resolution, but have you thought about how you will ring in the new year? "The Roaring Twenties" is all the rage this New Year's Eve so if you want to step back in time…

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Magical Lights & Sites of Lake Charles

There are so many ways to enjoy the Holiday season. One of my absolute favorite traditions is driving around the city to see the wonderful displays of Christmas lights and decorations. There’s a certain magic that you feel when you see the twinkling lights and festive decor, especially when…

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SWLA Christmas: A to Z

Cooler weather, colorful Christmas lights, warm cups of hot chocolate, and the big guy himself, Santa Claus. It must be the holiday season! Southwest Louisiana has one festive collection of Christmas fun. Here’s a Cajun Christmas list from A to Z. A is for Amazing Decorations along Shell Beach Dr…

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