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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a notice that effective May 15 the state of Louisiana will enter Phase 1 for reopening that will last until June 5, the next update on reopening will be on June 1. Many businesses and events have adjusted to accommodate patrons during this time. View Updates

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It's Mardi Gras Time in Lake Charles!

Here in Southwest Louisiana, Mardi Gras is an exciting time! This year, Mardi Gras falls on February 9. But leading up to Fat Tuesday, Southwest Louisiana offers a ton of events and better still, Lake Charles’ Mardi Gras is family-friendly. ( For a downloadable event & parade schedule, click here)…

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7 Must Try Southwest Louisiana Foods

Prior to visiting Southwest Louisiana last August I had no idea what culinary delights were offered in the region. Of course, I knew gumbo and jambalaya were popular, but I had never heard of boudin or tried crawfish. Needless to say, since then, my taste buds have been introduced to a whole new region of food and they couldn’t be happier…

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Run Chicken Run!

I can smell the barbecue pork that’s already smoking on the pit as we meet at the KC Hall, 503 E. Highway 90, in the town of Iowa, Louisiana, around 9 a.m. to pay our money to ride in the parade. Smoked meats like sausage and tasso are popular in Cajun Country…

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A New Twist for King Cakes

King cake spinoffs have become a seasonal trend. Everything from king cake hamburger buns to boudin king cakes are being seen in Louisiana. There are even local businesses creating their own Mardi Gras masterpieces. Check out this King Cake Recipe Where to find King Cakes Photo by David Hill…

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Mardi Gras Galore!

Photo by www.monsoursphotography.net From elaborate headpieces, to flowing gowns, crowns, and scepters, Mardi Gras krewes outfit their royal courts in the best and brightest royal regalia. And, if the Royal Gala is any indication, nobody takes Mardi Gras costumes more seriously than the…

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15 Things About Lake Charles

*Adapted from www.movoto.com and Mitchel Broussard Lake Charles mixes small town charm, exciting nightlife and outdoor adventure into a combination that will have you packing before you finish reading this list. 1. This Town Doesn't Stay Down www.monsoursphotography.net Lake Charles…

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My First Mardi Gras

As an individual who grow up in the cornfields of Northern Indiana, nothing could prepare me for the excitement that is Mardi Gras! Sure, we had our county festival that was plenty exciting with rides, entertainment, food and, my personal favorite, the pig races, but the fair never lasted long…

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