Friday, January 6, 2017

Things to Do: Lake Charles Mardi Gras, Lake Charles, Louisiana


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
stuffed alligator in Mardi Gras hat, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras Royal Gala-Duchess of Ball Games, Shannon McSwain, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Mardi Gras Royal Gala-Duchess of Ball Games, Shannon McSwain, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras beads, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Mardi Gras beads, Lake Charles, Louisiana

MAJOR EVENTS:
Mardi Gras Royal Gala
Iowa Chicken Run
Krewe of Krewes’ Parade



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images ©2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 


11 comments:

  1. Nice little intro, as I am actually going to Lake Charles Mardi Gras in a couple of weeks. So excited.

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    1. Lucky you! I really enjoyed it. After, let me know what you think and discover.

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  2. I'll be joining Charles at the Lake Charles Mardi Gras. I'm looking forward to the celebration and some delicious food.

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  3. Haven't done Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, but we have in a bunch of other towns and cities around south Louisiana. They are so much fun. Not New Orleans though. Don't think we want to wade into that much craziness.

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  4. This Mardi Gras would be interesting....and a nice retreat south from the Canadian cold winter!

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  5. Looks wonderful, I want to see more - or actually I just want to be there and just experience everything.

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  6. It would be fun to attend Mardi Gras in Lake Charles.

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  7. This looks like so much fun! And a little lower-key than NOLA!!

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  8. Wonderful pics, Carole! Mardi Gras and Carnival events are so much fun -- wherever you are!

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  9. Nice introduction to this alternative to the New Orleans craziness. Sounds like a good bet is you'd like to try our Mardi Gras and want something a little more low key. I never knew about the symbolism for the purple, gold and green. Thanks for the insight.

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  10. Sounds like Mardi Gras in Lake Charles is a fun event and more restrained than New Orleans.

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