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.


*NOTE- Make sure to review the Rules & Notes below before creating your float.

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School Groups
Pre-School (Pre-K & K) Child (4-12 Years) Individual
Elementary (Grades 1-5) Teen (13-17 years) Agency or Company
Middle School (Grades 6-8) Adult (18+ years)  
High School (Grades 9-12) Club/Organization (Adult/Civic)  
Club/Organization (K-12) Children with Exceptionalities  
Children with Exceptionalities    


  1. Float must be constructed using a traditional cardboard shoebox no larger than 10” x 13” x 5” and limited only by your imagination.
  2. Decorations should not exceed 20” tall (measured from the bottom of the box).
  3. Avoid wheels, placing float on a truck body, motorized toys or a base larger than the shoebox.
  4. If your entry exceeds the size limitations it will be disqualified from being judged in the contest but will remain on display for participation in the People’s Choice voting.
  5. An amateur or professional applicant may enter one float per applicant.
  6. A school group may enter no more than three floats per class (a class group entry).
  7. The name of the individual/school group must only be visible on the BOTTOM of the float; your float will be given a number for judging purposes.


  • Contest entries must be delivered to the Welcome Center (1205 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles) on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.
  • Judging criteria is based on the theme, originality, and construction of your float.
  • Awards will be presented Saturday, February 1, 2020, by Gumbeaux Gator at the Bureau at noon.
  • Shoebox floats will remain on display at the Bureau through Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
  • The People’s Choice Award to be announced on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Once the display has concluded, the floats must be picked up by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020. Any floats not picked up by this date will be discarded.

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


Child, Teen, Adult & Professional

$50 + 2 Royal Gala Tickets + Plaque (1st)
$25 + Plaque (2nd)
Ribbon (3rd)

Pre-K / Elementary / School Groups & Organizations:

Gumbeaux Gator Party! + Plaque (1st)
$25 toward a class/group party + Plaque (2nd)
Ribbon (3rd)

Middle School / High School / Groups & Organizations:

$50 for a class/group party + Plaque (1st)
$25 for a class/group party + Plaque (2nd)
Ribbon (3rd)


Best of Show $75 + 2 Royal Gala Tickets + Plaque


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