Wow doesn't it seem like Christmas and New Years just ended?  Well that is because they just did!  But that is not going to stop Southwest Louisiana in kicking off the next holiday, Mardi Gras!

Thousands of people will flock to the Lake Charles Civic Center tonight to celebrate the start of the 2015 Mardi Gras season.  The reason Mardi Gras and 12th night are starting so early is because Mardi Gras this year is coming early on February 17th.

Twelfth night kickoffs of the Mardi Gras season and will feature the outgoing Kings and Queens from the 2014 Mardi Gras year tonight in their final reign.

Mardi Gras makes its flamboyant entrance with the Twelfth Night Parade Extravaganza inside the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. There will be a lively, mini-parade featuring members of Krewe of Krewes under the direction of Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana.

The audience has a chance to win grand prizes, dance and hail the kings and queens of more than 60 krewes. Guests in the Twelfth Night audience, who find "babies" in their pieces of King Cake, win lavish grand prizes which will include prizes from local merchants and businesses of Southwest Louisiana.


Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the following locations: Joseph's Electric, Gordon's Drug Store, Moss Bluff Flower Shop, Hamilton House in Sulphur and Party Time Store on Lake Street.


More information is listed on the Mardi Gras website at or through the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588.


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