The Lake Charles Civic Center has been alive with activity during the month of February with a different Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Ball scheduled each weekend.
Mardi Gras is just another great reason Southwest Louisiana is a great place to live. Lake Charles has over 50 Mardi Gras Krewes. Some Krewes have formal Balls and others have Theme Balls. Being a member of a Mardi Gras Krewe or just going as a guest is something to behold and alot of FUN!
What is a Krewe?
A krewe is any group or organization of revelers that get together to put on a Mardi Gras ball, float, or parade during Mardi Gras and throughout the year as a group.
Krewe du Lac was formed late in 1983 by a few friends. Today, Krewe du Lac or “of the lake” is one of the largest in the area with more than 350 married and single members.
The krewe’s ball is held the second Saturday before Mardi Gras and the membership is required to dress in full costume while the court wears formal attire. Known as the party animals for many years, Krewe du Lac is proud to live up to its name.
This year I had the pleasure of attending the 2011 Krewe du Lac Ball along with a group of friends. Our costume theme was a bunch of hippies whose bus was broken down by the lakefront in the Lake Charles Civic Center parking lot. Of course part of the fun is the pre-party when we all meet.
As the guests arrive its fun to see the creativity of the themes and costumes. Tables are decorated with each groups theme as we await for the Royal Court to arrive. The revelry begins as the King and Queen along with the Royal Court make their entrance into the Ballroom
Check out their style this year!