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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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#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! • Too lazy to make one…

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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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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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