Lake Charles Mardi Gras (800) 456-7952.
February 28, 2017 (events run from February 18 to February 28/Fat Tuesday)
Lake Charles hosts the second-largest Mardi Gras in Louisiana. It is a quieter, less crazy, more family-friendly celebration than in New Orleans, but it also has plenty of feathers and fabulous frocks.
Based on a medieval French tradition, Mardi Gras is a religious holiday that was brought to the area long ago by French students. It is traditionally a secretive organization, and at one time people needed to be born into their “krewe” (the Old English spelling of crew). The color representations are purple for justice, gold for power, and green for faith.
The best way to visit for Mardi Gras is to decide which events you want to participate in, then book a hotel for that period and secure your tickets.
|stuffed alligator in Mardi Gras hat, Lake Charles, Louisiana|
|Mardi Gras Royal Gala-Duchess of Ball Games, Shannon McSwain, Lake Charles, Louisiana|
|Mardi Gras beads, Lake Charles, Louisiana|
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