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Mardi Gras Schedule of Events
2/4/2019 12:34:21 PM
Mardi Gras Schedule

Mardi Gras Schedule of Events

Feb. 23

Vinton: Vinton Mardi Gras Celebration
Knights of Columbus will host a gumbo cook-off at 8:00 a.m., parade at 1:00 p.m. starting at Vinton Middle School and ending at Knights of Columbus Hall.

Feb. 26  

Krewe of Golden Years
8:00 a.m. – noon, Lake Charles Civic Center. 
Senior citizens who have passed down Mardi Gras traditions celebrate the season with food and a Mardi Gras dance. Free to seniors 60 and older. 

Feb. 28  

Lighted Boat Parade
7:00 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center Lakefront
Sulphur: City of Sulphur Mardi Gras Parade 
6:00 p.m., Cypress St., S-Curve to S. Huntington St. 

Mar. 1  

Merchants’ Parade  7:00 p.m.
Downtown/Midtown Lake Charles

Mar. 2  

Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Admission is $5.

Krewe of Omega Parade 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Lake Charles

Mystical Krewe of Barkus Parade
2:00 p.m., Starts at Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheater and runs along Gill St. Fantastically-disguised canines parade in full Mardi Gras attire, all vying for the tile of "Mystical Dog.”

Mar. 3 

Taste de la Louisiane
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center. A sampling of traditional Louisiana cuisine for a $10 admission fee.

Mardi Gras Zydeco Dance
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center. Live band playing Mambo and Zydeco.

Children’s Day
Noon –3:00 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Free event open to children ages 3-11, combining Mardi Gras fun with culture, music, and learning.

Mardi Gras Madness 5K
2:30 p.m. – The start of the race is at the corner of Lakeshore Dr. and Gill St. This race coincides with the Mardi Gras Children’s parade route. Enjoy food, King Cake, music and beverages at the finish!

Children’s Parade 3:30 p.m.
Downtown Ryan St. to Sale Rd.

Mar. 4

Lundi Gras Day Party
5:00 – 9:00 p.m., Blue Martini, Golden Nugget Lake Charles. Hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters, this masked party (cocktail attire) will feature a variety of Cajun dishes, cocktails & live music. Tickets cost $75.

Royal Gala
7:00 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center. See the extravagant, glittering, royal promenade of more than 60 krewes. Tickets are $6 in advance, or $7 at the door. Children 5 & under are admitted for free. 

Mar. 5

"The Zone” 
Noon – 5:00 p.m., located between the Charleston Building and the Parish Courthouse on Ryan Street. 
This is a kid-friendly event with free fun activities, entertainment, and food. 

Second Line Stroll  1:00 p.m.

Jeeps on Parade  2:00 p.m.

Motor Gras Parade  3:00 p.m.
Downtown/Midtown Lake Charles

Krewe of Krewes’ Parade  5:00 p.m.

Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest 
On display at the Lake Charles Southwest Louisiana Welcome Center, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive through Wednesday, Mar. 6.
The People’s Choice Award will also be presented on March 6, at 10:00 a.m.

Iowa: Iowa Chicken Run
Knights of Columbus Hall  503 E Highway 90, Iowa. Parade at 10:00 a.m.
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