The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is inviting the community to bedazzle their shoeboxes to usher in the Mardi Gras season. Shoebox floats represent a seasonal piece of Louisiana, and every family member can join in the creative fun and submit an entry into the Shoebox Float Contest.

Simply decorate a traditional cardboard shoebox with items such as glitter, glue, feathers, beads, sequins and more. There are school group divisions as well as divisions for amateurs ranging from child to adult, with an additional category for professionals, adult civic groups, and organizations.

The deadline for registering is January 20. Floats will be received at the bureau's Welcome Center, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles on Friday, Jan. 30, from 3-4:30 p.m. Judging will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31 with the awards ceremony at noon. Shoebox floats will remain on display at the bureau through Thursday, Feb. 19. The People's Choice Award will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m.

For a list of prizes, registration form and more details on the contest, visit www.visitlakecharles.org/shoebox or contact Cindy Johnson with the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 337-502-4351 or cjohnson@visitlakecharles.org.

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