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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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Planning Your Lake Charles Holiday Getaway

This winter, get in the spirit by joining in Southwest Louisiana’s beloved Cajun Christmas traditions – the ones locals have loved for years. The Cajun Christmas season will be bright and merry with magical holiday light displays, theatre shows, parades, shopping festivals and of course, seasonal…

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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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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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My Cajun Christmas

By Elizabeth Eustis Southwest Louisiana has planned so many parades, concerts, fireworks, and food events for Christmas this year, it is definitely the place to be to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. With this abundance of holiday cheer, choosing an event is going to be hard…

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