Mardi Gras season is almost upon us! It's time to start planning your trip to Lake Charles, Louisiana this Carnival season! Celebrations begin on Twelfth Night, January 6 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 Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana. Be sure to visit the Mardi Gras events page for a full lineup of Mardi Gras magic in Lake Charles!