So the holidays have come and gone and now it's time for another major holiday for Louisiana.  Mardi Gras is coming and it's an early one this year!

Mardi Gras this year is on February 21st and it kicks off with the 12th night celebration this Friday night January 6th, 2012 at the Lake Charles Civic Center!

Here is a little song to get you in the Mardi Gras spirit while you read the entire lineup of Mardi Gras 2012!


Can you believe its Mardi Gras time in Louisiana already?  Well believe it!

The excitement kicks off on Jan. 6 with the annual Twelfth Night Celebration, as the royal courts from 2011 usher in the new year in style with their extraordinary and intricate costumes. After Twelfth Night, Laissez les bons temps rouler, as the celebration and festivities pack the calendar until Fat Tuesday on Feb. 21.

January 06, 2012 – January 06, 2012

Times: 7 p.m.
Location: Lake Charles Civic Center
Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: 337-439-1723
Admission: $ 5 in advance, $6 at the door.
Description:A glittering entrance to the Mardi Gras season, the Twelfth Night celebration at the Lake Charles Civic Center draws thousands to see the grand promenade of the kings, queens, and captains of more than 50 krewes.

The Twelfth Night tradition parallels the three kings’ entry at the ancient nativity twelve days after Jesus’ birth.  The 2010 royal court will wave goodbye to all in preparation for the 2011 court, which will be in full display during the Royal Gala on Monday, March 7. In the spirit of gift-bearing, everyone present at the Southwest Louisiana celebration is given a piece of king cake, and 12 grand prizes are given to visitors who find a surprise in the cake.

There is dancing and more revelry following the promenade. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 and $6 at the door for adults and free for children 5 and under.

Here is a complete list of events going on for Mardi Gras here in Southwest Louisiana:


January 6

Twelfth Night, 7 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center 

January 14

Queens’ Pageant, Lake Charles Civic Center 

January 26

Community Dance, 6:30–8 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center 

February 11

Vinton Mardi Gras Parade & Festivities, 2 p.m., Downtown Vinton 

February 13

Krewe of the Golden Years, 9 a.m. –2 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center 


Merchants’ Parade, 7 p.m., Downtown–Midtown Lake Charles 

February 18

Carlyss Mardi Gras Trail Ride, 8:30 a.m., West Cal Arena/Sulphur

World Famous Cajun Extravaganza/Gumbo Cook-Off, 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center 

Krewe of Omega Parade, 2 p.m., Downtown Lake Charles

Zydeco Dance, 3 – 5 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center

Krewe of Barkus Parade, 3 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center

Krewe of Cosmos Presentation, 6:30 p.m., Sulphur High School

Krewe of Illusions, 7:30 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center

February 19
Taste de la Louisiane, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center 

Children’s Day, Noon–3 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center

Children’s Parade, 3 p.m., Downtown Lake Charles

Lighted Boat Parade, 7:30 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center

February 20
Royal Gala, 7 p.m., Lake Charles Civic Center

February 21
Krewe of Charlie Sioux Parade Block Party, Noon, Corner of Broad & Ryan

Hot Rods, Classics and Motorcycles Parade, 1 p.m., Downtown Lake Charles

Krewe of Krewes’ Parade, 5:30 p.m., Downtown–Midtown Lake Charles


Of course, once 12th night is over, Mardi Gras balls will reign all over Southwest Louisiana until the weekend of Mardi Gras where there will be all sorts of activities and parades.  The Krewe of Krewes parade on Tuesday night February 21st is the final celebration and when it's over it marks the end of the Mardi Gras season!