Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sights to See: Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, Lake Charles, Louisiana


Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu  809 Kirby St., in Historic Central School, (337) 436-9588.  Tu-F 1-5pm.  Celebrating the history of the Mardi Gras festival, this six-room museum has the largest Mardi Gras costume display in the world.  It is absolutely a must to visit if you aren’t in town for the big event.  Former classrooms are crammed with displays of more than 400 colorful costumes culled from the more than 70 krewes in South Louisiana, and each has a story.  Touching is permitted.  A Mardi Gras parade display includes a float that you can climb aboard and from which you can even throw a string of beads to someone below.  Decorating a King Cake is sometimes an activity option. 

greeters outside the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, Louisiana
greeters outside the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, Louisiana

hallway inside the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, Louisiana
hallway inside the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, Louisiana

feather headdress at the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, Louisiana
feather headdress at the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, Louisiana

costume at the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, Louisiana
costume at the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, Louisiana

King Cake at the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, Louisiana
King Cake at the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, Louisiana


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images ©2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

 

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