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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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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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Mardi Gras 12th Night

In Southwest Louisiana, the good times don’t end after Christmas or the New Year. Instead, we continue to celebrate with one of my favorite holidays: MARDI GRAS! And there’s no better way to begin the new season than by going to the annual Twelfth Night celebration. This event is the official start…

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How to Make a King Cake

No other bakery treat can beat King Cake during the Mardi Gras season. Take a stab at making your own with this recipe from the Junior League of Lake Charles cookbook, "Marshes to Mansions." Download the recipe card, here. We want to see your creations! After baking, dress your cake up with Mardi…

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Mardi Gras Memories

Another fantastic Mardi Gras season has come and gone. Now we can sit back, relax and revel in the quietness of Wednesday. But not before we do a little reminiscing! Thanks for sharing your fun with us this year! And we'll see you for Mardi Gras 2019 - March 5. These photos were shared by using…

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#EatSWLA: Mardi Gras Boudin King Cake Recipe

The boudin king cake craze hit the Mardi Gras scene in 2014. It is the savory “sibling” to the season’s sweet treat of cream cheese and fruit-filled king cakes. With Lake Charles being the home to the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, it is only right for us to share a recipe! Chef Derrill Guidry…

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Lake Charles Courir de Mardi Gras : Chicken Runs

Dozens of costumed revelers mount their horses, pile in the back of trailers, and onto floats just as the sun breaks over the horizon. Mud-stained from last year’s run, their fringed suits whip in the wind as they make their way into town. Once gathered, the irresistible beat of Zydeco cuts through…

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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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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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