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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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Get Your Gumbo On: Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook Off

Thanks to the popularity of Cajun cuisine, Louisiana cooking has become world famous. And as a big fan myself, I thought I knew most of what there is to know about the food. Until I went to Southwest Louisiana for Mardi Gras and attended the annual World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook-Off…

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Courir de Mardi Gras: Iowa Chicken Run

Unique. Rural. Authentic. Whatever you’d like to call it, the Iowa Chicken Run is one of the BEST Mardi Gras celebrations you could participate in! Things kick off early – 8 a.m. early – with the smell of barbecue and gumbo spices in the air. Of course, the wash board and accordion music plays, and…

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Hail to the King Cake: 12 Ways to Enjoy

It’s been over a month since Twelfth Night, the official opening of Mardi Gras season and the appearance of king cakes. You’d think we’d be tired of all the sugar. ABSOLUTELY NOT! In fact, because of the many varieties of king cake flavors and styles, you’re able to enjoy our beloved Mardi Gras…

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King of King Cakes (Taste-Off & Giveaway)

It’s the most popular food during Mardi Gras – king cake. And, it’s because of these delicious brioche-rich, colorfully iced cakes that Mardi Gras truly is the most WONDERFUL time of the year. I am not ashamed to admit that I enjoy king cake for breakfast, during my coffee break, and for dessert. In…

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Make Plans for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s always a flurry of purple, green and gold at the start of the New Year. Some people even convert their Christmas trees and wreaths into Mardi Gras décor! If you are a huge fan of Mardi Gras, you know that the season…

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Experiencing Mardi Gras from a Parade Float

As a Yankee transplant to Louisiana as I have often commented, one of the greatest revelations upon moving to Louisiana 10 years ago was learning that Mardi Gras is not a single day, but a season. By the calendar, we celebrate this cultural holiday from January 6 (Twelfth Night) until Mardi Gras Day…

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5 Things I Learned from Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras: King cake, parades, beads, krewe… sure, these are all part of it. If this is all you know about this Louisiana tradition, though, you’re missing out on the best of it! Celebrating my first Mardi Gras in Lake Charles last year, I discovered the secret — what makes Mardi Gras truly…

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