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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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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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2019 Mardi Gras at a Glance

Mardi Gras is just around the corner! On Tuesday, March 5, the city of Lake Charles and surrounding areas will observe the Mardi Gras Holiday. Several events and parades will lead up to that day. The following is an overview of activities planned for the holiday weekend: Mardi Gras Schedule: ( Click…

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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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