Kid Friendly Mardi Gras

Pass on the deeply-rooted Mardi Gras traditions to the younger generation at a family-oriented, safe and wholesome environment in Lake Charles, La. 

Kid Centric Events & Attractions

1. Mardi Gras Costume Exhibit

Mardi Gras KidsIf you are in town any time through March 27, you can check out the Mardi Gras Costume Exhibit by the Imperial Calcasieu Museum in Lake Charles for an up close view of Mardi Gras royalty! Even if you missed Fat Tuesday, you can still get into the Mardi Gras spirit at this exhibit!

2. Children's Parade

A purple, green and gold parade in Lake Charles for the young and young at heart.

3. Iowa Chicken Run

Iowa Chicken RunCatch a chicken at the Iowa Chicken Run! The parade goes west on Hwy 90 stopping at local businesses and continues going through neighborhoods with the horses following behind. The captain blows his whistle at participating homes for the crews to get down and dance to zydeco music, which is played with an accordion and scrub board. If the families approve the dancing skills, they donate ingredients to the gumbo, and a chicken is thrown into the air. Sometimes the captain will throw multiple chickens in the air several times or more for the children to catch.

4. Krewe of Barkus Parade

A parade of costumed pets and their owners makes for a whimsical, carnival atmosphere.  The title of "Mystical Dog" is given to the most strikingly costumed participant. One of the most highly attended parades during the Mardi Gras season, the day-time parade attracts pet-lovers and families.

5. The Zone for Kids, Tweens & Teens

The Zone is an area located along the main parade route, in the empty parking lot between the Charleston Building and the Parish Courthouse on Ryan Street, that is completely alcohol and tobacco free. The event is kid-friendly and is filled with free fun activities, entertainment, and food. 

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