1. Dress Like a Pirate

Let’s ALL be honest. When you’re an adult and there’s a chance to act like a kid – WE TAKE IT! Join your fellow buccaneers and  Jean Lafitte  as the mayor walks the plank, for  pirate parades and fireworks. It’s all in good fun! Mini pirates are invited to a Children’s Pirate Costume Contest.

Dressing like a Pirate is part of the fun at Contraband Days in Lake Charles. 
(That's right. I have no shame.)

2. Fantastic Music

With over 15 acts, the stages at Contraband Days will be rockin’! Wayne Toups, Jason Boland, Rusty Metoyer, and Bag of Donuts are just a few of the artist you’ll find on this year’s lineup. Check out the full artist playlist here.

Good Music is always an ingredient for a good time in Southwest Louisiana. 

3. Food, Food, FOOD!

Isn’t carnival food the best? Chicken, sausage or beef on stick, giant turkey legs, sno-cones PLUS all the FRIED goodness you could ever want, need or even know existed! And if that doesn’t get you excited, you might enjoy the BBQ Cook-off or baking contest. I’m wondering how many pirate bakers will be making a rum cake.

Barbeque in Southwest Louisiana
(Photo by Lindsey Janies

4. TONS of Events

Since Contraband Days is both a land and water festival and last for 2 weeks, there is something for the whole family to see or do! Cheer on competitors at the Firefighter Challenge or come face to face with a wolf pack at Wolves of the World.

Looking for water events? Test your skills and nerves with flyboarding and Strut Your Stuff speed boating.  Don’t miss the always popular pirogue build and race contest, sailboat regatta and Show Me Your Dinghy. (Say what?!)

Contraband Days - Louisiana Pirate Festival carnival rides in Lake Charles

Contraband Days opens on Thursday, April 28 and will run through Sunday, May 8. View the full schedule at www.visitlakecharles.org/events-festivals/contraband-days or www.contrabanddays.com.