Lake Charles Mardi Gras 2013

Here in Southwest Louisiana we have been enjoying a magical time of year we know as Mardi Gras when purple green and gold is seen everywhere and local groceries and bakeries produce those yummy King Cakes!

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The Mardi Gras season begins with Twelfh Night (12 days after Christmas) and lasts through Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent).

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Lake Charles celebrates Mardi Gras with many activities varying  from the Royal Gala, Krewe of Barkus Parade, Boat Parade, Merchants Parade, Children’s Parade and the Krewe of Krewes Parade.  Many of these events are family friendly with “alcohol free zones located.

 Lake Charles has over 50 Krewes. Each weekend during Mardi Gras the various Krewes hold their Formal and Costume Balls. If you are lucky to be a krewe member or invited guest you are sure to experience fun and merriment!  

Here are a few Mardi Gras highlights I enjoyed being a part of this year!

krewe du lac sign

I am a member of Krewe du Lac and below is a little tribute of my friends and our  group  fun we enjoyed  at the 2013  Krewe  du Lac Costume Ball

Riding on one of the Mardi Gras Floats is an experience to behold amidst fun, music, and the crowd antics of “throw me something Mister”.   You have to come with prepared and stocked with throws and beads!



 Century 21 Mike D Bono got into the spirit during the Merchants Parade aboard the Century 21 Mike D Bono float.

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Krewe of Barkus never disappoints!  Dogs in all shapes and sizes, wearing tutu’s, costumes, and beads—all trying to impress Judges as parade winner.

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This year’s Krewe of Barkus winner was clever as a Runway Bride wearing a blonde wig!!

barkus 2013 winner

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