Thursday, March 17, United Way of SWLA is hosting the biggest cook-off event of the year, the Battle for the Paddle! It's the First Annual St. Patricks Day Jambalaya & Pastalaya Cook-Off and registration is open now for the team to enter the Jambalaya Division or the Pastalaya Division online at or TEXT STPADDY to 40403 to volunteer for Battle of the Paddle. According to United Way of SWLA the donation to enter one division is $500 and to enter two divisions the donation is $750.

This family fun-filled day is free and open to the public and scheduled to get underway at the Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheatre from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shake your shamrock to live music performed by LA ROXX. Get all-you-can-eat jambalaya and pastalaya samples from the cook-off along with unlimited beer and wine for a $15 dollar donation. Get a break with the kids as they hang out and play at the free kid's zone.

Attendees wishing to enjoy the amazing food and music like a VIP,  can purchase lounge tickets for a $50 donation. Carry-out is also an option. Residents can purchase tickets to get their lunch to go, for a donation of $10. The meal pick-up timeframe is Thursday, March 17 between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All tickets can be purchased online at or by texting SHAMROCK to 40403. For more details click, HERE.

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