Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras

Lake Charles Celebrations January 7 - February 21, 2023!

Mardi Gras season is almost upon us! Celebrations begin on Twelfth Night, January 7, and commence on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, February 21, 2023. Lake Charles Mardi Gras krewes are gearing up for a festive season filled with parades, gumbo cookoffs, and plenty of King Cake. Lake Charles Mardi Gras is family-friendly, and it boasts over 60 krewes that participate in the Krewe of Krewes Parade which is the culmination of the season on Fat Tuesday. Many bakeries, restaurants, and businesses also participate in the Mardi Gras season by offering traditional King Cakes, food, and drink options with a Mardi Gras twist or seasonal specials and events to celebrate the Mardi Gras spirit in Southwest Louisiana.

Be sure to visit the Mardi Gras events page for a full lineup of Mardi Gras magic in Lake Charles!

Culinary Experiences

The Ultimate Southwest Louisiana King Cake Guide

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Traditional, cream cheese, pecan praline, boudin, Galettes Des Rois... I will not discriminate! Below is a list of all bakeries, coffee shops, donut shops, and markets selling King Cakes in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana this year. We've also included king cakes available for…

Culinary Experiences

The Ultimate Mardi Gras Bucket List

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Louisianans love to party year-round, but it’s safe to say that Mardi Gras is the most popular party throughout the entire state. In Southwest Louisiana, Mardi Gras is honored from Twelfth Night to Fat Tuesday with parades, events, food, costumes, and more. This Mardi Gras Bucket…