For Immediate Release: November 14, 2012
For Further Information Contact: Denise Fasske, Arts & Cultural Events Director
Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center 337-491-9159 

The City of Lake Charles Announces plans for the
Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration

LAKE CHARLES- Santa Claus is coming to town during the annual Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration Saturday, December 1, 2012. Beginning at 2 p.m. local groups will join Santa for the journey from Bord du Lac Drive, down Broad Street, turning south on Ryan, and concluding at Clarence Street. Lake Charles Toyota/Scion will award prizes for best in floats, marching bands, decorated vehicles and specialty groups. The parade will be led by 7-year-old Grand Marshal, Bowen Johnson from Westlake. Bowen represents the Grant A Wish Program, organized by the Louisiana State Troopers Association Troop D, which provides funding and resources for children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. Funds that are raised for the program allow the wish child to have unique experiences in which their wish becomes a reality, with the average wish costing $6,000. Bowen was severely burned in a house fire and has undergone 22 surgeries in the past two years. To fulfill his wish, Bowen and his family took a trip to an indoor water park.

Santa's Workshop will take place in the Civic Center Exhibition Hall from 3-5:30 p.m. Kids are invited to join in the reindeer games with prizes and gifts as well as arts & crafts, food, activities, story telling, music and much more.

The Community Band Christmas Concert begins at 4p.m. in the Civic Center second floor Mezzanine. Gather around the front lawn at 5:30 p.m. for more entertainment by the Barbe Show Band, Gumbeaux Gator, and the Girl Scouts. At 6 p.m. Ten-year-old Devin Fontenot will flip the switch to light up the entire Civic Center grounds and Lakefront Promenade. Devon represents the Children's Miracle Network and the Southwest Louisiana Sickle Cell Foundation. He is in the 5th grade at Lake Charles Charter Academy and can truly be thankful for miracles in his young life.

New to the Lakefront Celebration will be a block party from 6-9pm with the music of Boomerang.
Captains are called upon to round up the crew for the annual lighted boat parade at 6:30 p.m. An assortment of boats reflecting the spirit of the season will parade past spectators along the illuminated Lakefront Promenade. Awards will be given for the best decorated boats with $100 Gift Certificate from West Marine for the best in show. At 8pm the fireworks extravaganza will light up the lake.

All events are free for attendees as well as participants. For entry forms or more information, please contact the City of Lake Charles at 491-9159, www.cityoflakecharles.com or the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 436-9588, www.visitlakecharles.org.
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