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The Ultimate Mardi Gras Bucket List

Mardi Gras is growing bigger and more elaborate every year. From parades and balls to parties and chicken runs, you need to plan ahead so that you don’t miss out on something incredible! Whether it’s your first Mardi Gras or if you’re a seasoned vet, here is a list of things you have to experience…

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Top 9 Free Things to Do in Lake Charles

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana has so much to offer AND plenty of fun activities/experiences that will cost you NOTHING! Even better, right? 1. Free Concert Series Lake Charles offers several free concert series throughout the year, so cut loose and enjoy the music! Live at the Lakefront , Groovin’…

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Worth The Trip: Mardi Gras Museum

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Louisiana to participate in the extravagance known as Mardi Gras . Blaring Zydeco, flying beads, and outrageous outfits are just a few images brought to mind. But, few know of the rich customs and colorful traditions that make up Carnival Season beyond the…

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Lost Landmarks of Lake Charles

History buffs visiting Lake Charles will appreciate the efforts of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society. Three years ago, this group initiated the Lost Landmarks project. The program strives to preserve the history of significant buildings, once a vital part of the Lake Charles community…

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Madame Grand Doigts – Cajun Folklore

Louisiana has got its share of ghost stories. You might have heard of the Rougarou , the haunting lights of feu follets , and even local spirits like Toni Jo Henry or Elise . But have you heard of Madame Grand Doigts? Of all the tales – this one gives me the biggest creeps! Madame Grand Doigts…

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Weekend in Lake Charles: Photostory

Photos by Michael Hobson When you visit Southwest Louisiana, you might be wondering where to start. What should I do? Where to eat? Travel writer and foodie, Michael Hobson visited the Lake Charles area and put together an inspiring collection of photos of his trip. Here are his favorite highlights…

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Cajun Phraseology

If you’ve ever spent any time around true Cajuns in south Louisiana, you’ve probably noticed a few things that stand out us that seems a little different from most cultures. If you share a meal with us, you might pick up on the fact that we probably like to add a little more cayenne to our food or…

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How to Enjoy a Rainy Day in Lake Charles

Rainy day got you down? Don’t worry, there is plenty to do right here in Lake Charles even when the weather is not so nice. A personal rainy day favorite of mine is bowling at Petro Bowl . Which is always fun for the whole family. Been wanting to catch that new blockbuster? Now’s your chance at…

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Must See Lake Charles Museums

My fiancée and I both love history and learning about the local culture, so we made it our mission to see some of the local museums . The first place we experienced was the Brimstone Museum Complex . Which held things like: timelines showing the progression of the town of Sulphur, a statue of “The…

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