Even the Contraband days started last night with food, rides and live music, today is really the official day the 60 year old festival gets started.

Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates will invade the Lake Charles Civic Center seawall tonight to official begin Contraband Days.  One of the fun things about tonight is watching the pirates shooting their guns and reeking havoc on the city.

Plus this is where Jean Lafitte takes over the city and makes Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach walk the plank.  This will be the 17th time Roach has walked the plank since he was elected Mayor in 2000.

Next year, it will be Nic Hunter's turn to take the plunge as he was recently elected the new Mayor of Lake Charles after Roach decided not to run again and retire.  Hunter will take office later this year on July 1st, 2017.

The festivities begin at 7:00 p.n. tonight at the seawall at the Civic Center.  Parking and entrance to the festival is FREE this year so go have a good time and see Mayor Roach walk the plank for the last time as Mayor.