Food, Funny Hats and Catching Beads:Mardi Gras in Lake Charles

Fat Tuesday was cloudy but  a little rain does not stop Southwest Louisiana residents from celebrating Mardi Gras!  For most residents in Calcasieu Parish  Mardi Gras is a holiday. The Courthouse, Banks and Offices are closed.  All along Ryan Street from the Lake Charles Civic Center to McNeese State University you  will see tailgating and parties as parade goers await the big Mardi Gras finale, the Krewe of Krewes parade.

Tailgating in Lake Charles
Mardi Gras Tailgating

If you are lucky you are invited to spend Mardi Gras day in a good spot along the parade route with friends!  I arrived at Louisiana Mortgage Associates located at 2915 Ryan Street about Noon just in time for the crawfish boil!

Boiling Crawfish at Louisiana Mortgage in Lake Charles
I got to stir the pot!

In the meantime, there is a lot of time to tailgate and get into the Mardi Gras spirit. Vendors make their way up and down Ryan Street selling their wares!

rocking the fur hat
Marilyn meets the street vendor

Our wonderful law enforcement teams are also out in full force patrolling the streets and keeping the Mardi Event safe for parade goers.  You just never know who you will meet, I got introduced to “Kilo” of the Beauregard Parish Canine Unit.  I was surprised that Kilo had a badge!  Commander Dale Sharp let me take a photo with Kilo.

Kilo the working dog
"Kilo" is on the job

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Department was also on hand just across the street from my location.  The horse seemed very interested in my hat!

posing with law on horseback

All through the day you can experience the sights and sounds of fun and merriment and you might even learn a new dance move.

Finally the moment arrives and Mardi Gras comes to a close with the Krewe of Krewes parade!

As you can see I wear a lot of hats and that is a good thing because sometimes as a Realtor you must be able to change hats and advise in many areas of expertise

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