Special Alert
Special Alert
events-festivals/mardi-gras/royal-gala Roya

Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest

From the wonderful world of the carnival season, the Lake Charles / Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau will bring Mardi Gras to life with our Shoebox Float Contest. 



Prize IconClick here to proceed to registration form 

Prize IconClick here to see the prizes.

Shoebox Floats represent a seasonal piece of Louisiana, and every family member can join in the creative fun. 

School Groups Amateur Professional
Pre-School Child (0-11 Years) Individual
Elementary (Grades K-5) Teen (12-18 years) Agency or Company
Middle School (Grades 6-8) Adult (19+ years)  
High School (Grades 9-12) Club/Organization (adult/civic)  
Club/Organization (School Age)    


  1. Your float must be made from a traditional cardboard shoebox no larger than 9” x 13” and limited only by your imagination.   
  2. Decorations on the box should not exceed 15” tall. 
  3. Avoid wheels, placing float on truck body, motorized toys or a piece of cardboard larger than the shoebox.
  4. An amateur applicant may one enter one float per applicant.
  5. A school group may enter no more than three floats per class.
  6. The name of the individual or school group must be placed on the bottom of the float only.
  7. Floats will be received on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm at the Bureau.
  8. Judging will be based on theme, originality and construction.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
  9. Awards will be presented Saturday, January 9, 2016 by Gumbeaux Gator at the Bureau at 12:00 p.m.
  10. Shoebox floats will remain on display at the Bureau through Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
  11. The People’s Choice Award will be announced Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
  12. Once the display has concluded, the floats must be picked up by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016.

For information, contact the Cindy Johnson with the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 502-4351 or 1-800-456-SWLA.


   Best of Show $100 + 2 Royal Gala Tickets

   Child $75 + 2 Royal Gala Tickets (1st), $25 (2nd)
   Teen $75 + 2 Royal Gala Tickets (1st), $25 (2nd)
   Adult $75 + 2 Royal Gala Tickets (1st), $25 (2nd)

Pre-K / Elementary School Groups & Organizations:
   Gumbeaux Gator Party! (1st)
   $25 gift certificate for a class/group party (2nd)

Middle School / High School Groups & Organizations:
   $75 gift certificate for a class/group party (1st)
   $25 gift certificate for a class/group party (2nd)

   $75 + 2 Royal Gala Tickets (1st), $25 (2nd)

All Categories: Plaques (1st / 2nd) & Ribbons (3rd)