The Imperial Calcasieu Museum, the Mardi Gras Museum and Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana have events taking this week/weekend to kick off the much-anticipated 2022 Mardi Gras season with festivities occurring Wednesday, Jan. 5 – Saturday, Jan. 8.
Sights of Mardi Gras magic will be on display in the form of an exhibit at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, 204 W. Sallier St., with costumes, shoes, crowns, masks, krewe banners, animatronics and more on loan from the Mardi Gras Museum from Wednesday, Jan. 5 – Sunday, March 27. There will be a free, grand reception at the museum on Wednesday, Jan. 5, including a king cake tasting, Twelfth Night Revelers, live music and more. Museum hours are Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids and $2 for seniors.
The Mardi Gras Museum is kicking off the Mardi Gras season with a Twelfth Night Ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 6 and “A Night at the Museum, Live” on Friday, Jan. 7. The traditional Mardi Gras Twelfth Night will take place on Thursday on the front steps of the Lake Charles Civic Center at 5:30 p.m. with the honorable Mayor Nic Hunter cutting the Ribbons of Mardi Gras. Mayor Hunter will lead the Second Line Parade around the grounds of the Civic Center with the Twelfth Night Revelers, the reigning Twelfth Night King and Queen and their royal court of Lords and Ladies. The Parade of the Krewe Flags with their coat of arms will be presented to the music of Billy Rose and his Dixieland Band. This event is free to the public.
Friday night, the Mardi Gras Museum’s party continues with the “Night at the Museum, Live” at the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Coliseum at 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy the costumed parade of Krewes and entertainment. Admission is $5, and the entry fee entitles guests to a Mardi Gras "hankie" to wave during the 12th Night Second Line to be staged on the floor of the Civic Center. Everyone can dance to the music of T.J. Gautreaux and Louisiana Soul, and there will be food and drink for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the presentation is at 7 p.m. Tickets will also be on sale at Uniformly Fit, the Party Time Store, Joseph's Electric and George’s House of Flowers in Sulphur. The Mardi Gras Museum’s Twelfth Night and Night at the Museum, Live are both sponsored by Billy Navarre Auto Group and Phillips 66.
On Saturday, Jan. 8, Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana is featuring a Mardi Gras Twelfth Night Street Dance on the grounds of the Lake Charles Civic Center. The street dance is from noon – 4 p.m. with a second line and music by a band or DJ.
For more information on Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana and a list of all the events through Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, March 1, log onto www.swlamardigras.com. Check back for updates as more details will become available as the season progresses into 2022.