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Mardi Gras Festivities January 5-8

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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Angie Manning, CDME Communications Director Visit Lake Charles 337-436-9588 2022 Mardi Gras Season Opens with a Series of Festivities - Jan. 5-8 LAKE…

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Holiday Cheer in Southwest Louisiana!

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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Angie S Manning, Communications Director Visit Lake Charles 337-436-9588 Christmas Festivals, Shopping Events, and Performing Arts Experience Holiday…

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Virtual Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest

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Visit Lake Charles (VLC) is inviting everyone in the community to jump into the Mardi Gras spirit with the 13 th Annual Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest. As the VLC Welcome Center at 1205 N. Lakeshore…

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(Pictured) Betty Ellender was honored as the winner of the 12 th annual Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest, located at the Visit Lake Charles’ Welcome Center, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive. Her creation…

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NEWS RELEASE For immediate release For more information, contact: Kathryn Shea Duncan, Media/Public Relations Manager Visit Lake Charles (337) 436-9588 Chef Dave Evans awarded 2019 Restaurateur of…

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LAKE CHARLES, La (Jan. 3, 2020) - The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana as a 2020 Top 20 Event for the month of January. From glittering parades and…

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Lundi Gras Features the Royal Gala

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (January 2, 2020)—The Cinderella night of Mardi Gras manifests on Lundi Gras, Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. with a lavish promenade of more than 60 krewes’ royalty in extravagant…

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2020 Mardi Gras Parades Open for Entries

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (January 2, 2020)—Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana is inviting the community to help them paint the town purple, green and gold! Entries are now being accepted for the Lighted Boat…

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (January 2, 2020)—The public tastes from every pot of chicken and sausage, seafood or wild game gumbo in a hot contest of more than 60 teams on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Lake Charles…

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IOWA, La. (January 2, 2020)— Catch a chicken at the 42 nd annual Mardi Gras Run on Tuesday, February 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 503 E Highway 90, in the town of Iowa. Doors open at 8 a.m…

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‘The Zone’ Returns for Mardi Gras Day

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (January 2, 2020)— “The Zone,” a family-friendly, alcohol-and-tobacco free area targeted for families with children and teens, is back again for Mardi Gras. Now in its 12 th year…

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VINTON, La. (January 2, 2020)—Frills, feathers and Mardi Gras magic will be in full swing during the Town of Vinton's Mardi Gras celebration in downtown Vinton. The Knights of Columbus will host a…

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Pictured (L to R): Evette Gradney, Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Visit Lake Charles, presents the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award to Telesha Bertrand, President of the…

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Chef Lyle Broussard of L’Auberge Casino Resort and Chef Dave Evans of Luna Bar & Grill are two of eleven premiere Louisiana chefs heading to Atlanta to feature the state’s world-class cuisine in…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2019 Contacts Preston Smith, PrestonSmith@pgatourhq.com, 706-844-1200 Will Precht, wprecht@visitlakecharles.org, 337-502-4272 Elizabeth McLaughlin…

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NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For additional information, contact: Russell Chew (337) 540-7617 Chews’ Multicultural Hair Affair Beauty Expo LAKE CHARLES, La. (July 16, 2019) —For the 19th year…

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News Release For Immediate Release Contact: Angie S. Manning, Communications Director, CDME Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB 337-436-9588 Kyle Edmiston Promoted to President/CEO Lake…

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Flea Fest 2019

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more Information Contact: Kelli Fontenot, media/public relations manager Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (337) 436-9588 Flea…

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Places To Eat and Drink in Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Exploring the best of Cajun & Creole Cuisine in South West Louisiana The first Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off competition kicked off in Lake Charles in November last year and I kicked up my heels in…

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Lake Charles: Cajun Mardi Gras, Gumbo and More

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From “Feed your Soul” to “Let the Good Times Roll” Louisiana’s fun slogans are certainly fitting in Lake Charles, a vibrant city in the southwestern corner of the state. Known as Festival City, Lake…

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Learning to Love Cast-Iron Cookware

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My grandmother’s cast-iron pans were a thing of dark beauty. Ink black, smooth as glass and obsidian shiny. She cared for them as any home cook would a treasured kitchen tool: Her cast iron was always…