2016 Mardi Gras Events
Gueydan MG Run Jan. 16
Annual run sponsored by Le Krewe de la Originals et Les Enfants features an early morning chicken run beginning at 9 a.m., lunch, live music, an auction and a dance. Parade begins at 3 p.m. Dance starts at 5 p.m. Downtown Gueydan (337) 789-6134
Krewe of the Golden Years Jan. 20
Calcasieu Council on Aging presents the Krewe of the Golden Year’s Annual Mardi Gras Ball from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. Wear a mask and dress in your favorite Mardi Gras attire. After a continental breakfast, enjoy an entourage of Kings and Queens representing Calcasieu Parish Nursing Homes, Senior Living facilities and the Krewe of Krewes. Live entertainment will be provided by Louisiana Scramble and will be followed by lunch. Free for seniors 60 and over who must be residents of Calcasieu Parish. (337) 474-2583
Mardi Gras Community Dance Jan. 21
Enjoy a special free dance sponsored by the City of Lake Charles and Community Inclusion at the Lake Charles Civic Center from 6-8:30 p.m. Free admission. (337) 436-9588.
Vinton MG Celebration and Gumbo Cook-off Jan. 21
Vinton will usher in the Mardi Gras season beginning with the Knights of Columbus hosting a gumbo cook-off at 10 a.m. and a parade at 2 p.m. The parade will run through downtown Vinton and end at the Knights of Columbus Hall where the gumbo judging will begin at 3 p.m. (337) 589-7453
City of Sulphur Mardi Gras Festival Jan. 30
The City of Sulphur’s Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Sat., Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. The parade will consist of Mardi Gras Krewes, merchants, individuals, groups and organizations, and the route will be from Cypress Street through the S-Curve to South Huntington Street. In addition to the parade, the City has also added a day-long festival at Heritage Square, which will include live music, food vendors, and entertainment for the kids from 12:30-6:30! There will also be a King Cake Taste Off from 3- 5 p.m. with local bakeries competing to take first place in the various categories! (337) 527-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krewe de Les Cajuns Mardi Gras Dance Jan. 30
Come and cut a rug Cajun style with the Krewe de Les Cajun at their Mardi Gras Dance from 7-11 p.m. at the Cajun French Music Association Building at 3481 E. Prien Lake Road. Come in casual dress or costume and enjoy some gumbo! Cash bar or BYOB (hard liquor ONLY). No ice chests. Music provided by Chris Miller & Bayou Roots. All are invited to enter the costume contest. Admission is $10; children 12 and under get in free. (337) 477-4475
Mardi Gras in Lake Arthur Jan. 30
Mardi Gras run begins at 9 a.m. Parade starts at 2:30 p.m. followed by chicken throw downtown. (337) 368-6948
LC Merchants Parade Feb. 5
Local business leaders and social organizations take to the streets on festive Mardi Gras floats from the Lake Charles Civic Center to Ryan Street, ending at Sale Road. Begins at 7 p.m. (337) 661-3361
Carlyss MG Trail Ride Feb. 6
The Carlyss Mardi Gras Trail Ride day of festivities and chicken runs starts and ends at the West Cal Arena in Sulphur. Floats and horses are welcome. The line up begins at 6 a.m., and the parade will start at 8 a.m., with a $5 admission fee for trail riders. (337) 287-5919
Gumbo Cook-off Feb. 6
The public tastes from every pot of chicken and sausage, seafood or wild game gumbo in a hot contest of more than 50 teams on Sat., Feb. 6 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Amateur and professional teams will stir up hundreds of gallons of rich, spicy gumbo. Gumbo contestants begin cooking at 7:30 a.m., and judging is at 11:30 a.m., with gumbo served immediately afterward until 1:30 p.m. In addition to scrumptious food, there will be festive music. Admission is $5, and you can sample from all the different gumbo pots. (337) 475-7393
MG in Jennings Feb. 6
Parade and Festival in Jennings. Music, shopping, food and fun. 10:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. food and crafts in Founder’s Park. 11th annual Squeezebox Shootout Cajun Accordion Championship starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Strand Theater. Parade begins at 4:30 p.m. (337) 821-5532
Krewe of Barkus Parade Feb. 6
A parade of costumed pets and their owners makes for a whimsical, carnival atmosphere. The title of “Mystical Dog” is given to the most strikingly costumed participant. This daytime parade attracts pet-lovers and families. Entry fee applies. Starts at 3 p.m. at 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. (337) 439-3300
Krewe of Omega Parade Feb. 6
The Krewe of Omega Mardi Gras parade will be held in downtown Lake Charles at 2 p.m. The krewe was formed to bring Mardi Gras activities to the black community. To this day, it is the only Southwest Louisiana krewe to hold its own parade. The parade is held each year on the Saturday prior to Mardi Gras.
Krewe of Cosmos Presentation Feb. 6
The oldest Krewe in the area presents their royal court in style with skits, songs and more. Don’t miss this glittering Mardi Gras show at Sulphur High School, 100 Sycamore Street, Sulphur, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Krewe of Illusions Presentation Feb. 6
Celebrate Mardi Gras with the 25th annual presentation of the Krewe of Illusions. Tickets are $30 orchestra, formal attire required. $18 balcony reserved seating and $15 standard balcony seating, casual attire. Begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosa Hart Theatre. (337) 436-9588
Children’s Day Feb. 7
Children’s Day, a free event open to children ages 3 to 11, combines Mardi Gras fun with culture, music and learning on Sun., Feb. 7, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Includes exhibitions of performing arts, technology and science, safety and health, and arts and crafts-all interactive and hands-on. (337) 436-9588
Children’s Day Parade Feb. 7
A purple, green and gold parade for the young and young at heart. Goes from downtown Ryan St. to Sale Rd. in Lake Charles; begins at 3 p.m.
Taste de la Louisiane Feb. 7
All-you-can-eat traditional Louisiana cuisine for a $7 admission fee. Taste all the deliciousness Mardi Gras has to offer! 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., LC Civic Center (337) 436-9588
Lighted Boat Parade Feb. 7
Be dazzled by the glowing boat parade on shimmering Lake Charles. Begins at 7 p.m. on the Lakefront Promenade.
Mardi Gras Royal Gala Feb. 8
The Cinderella night of Mardi Gras manifests on Lundi Gras, Mon., Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. with a lavish promenade of more than 60 krewes’ royalty in extravagant, glittering costumes before thousands of residents and visitors at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. Begins at 7 p.m., $5 in advance, $6 at the door, children 5 and under are free. (337) 244-1466
Iowa Chicken Run Feb. 9
Catch a chicken at the 36th annual Mardi Gras Run on Fat Tuesday Feb. 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 503 E Highway 90, in Iowa. Doors open at 8 a.m., the Mardi Gras floats start lining up at 9 a.m. and the parade rolls at 10 a.m. The Captain blows his whistle at participating homes for the crews to dance to Zydeco music. If the families approve, they donate ingredients to the gumbo, and a chicken is thrown into the air. The ingredients are then put into a pot with the chickens, and gumbo is served to the riders from 2-4 p.m. The event concludes with a Zydeco dance. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children.
Motor Gras Parade Feb. 9
Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles. Hot rods, classics and motorcycles. Engines start at 11 a.m.!
Krewe of Krewes Parade Feb. 9
Hundreds of elaborate krewe floats, costumes, beads and more wind through the city in the culmination of the Fat Tuesday celebration in downtown-midtown Lake Charles. Starts at 5 p.m. Catch some beads and laissez les bon temps rouler! (337) 436-9588.