Calling All Parade Lovers - Mardi Gras Parades Open for Entries

LAKE CHARLES — Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana is inviting the community to help them paint the town purple, green, gold and RED!

Entries are now being accepted for the Merchants' Parade, Children's Parade and the Red Hat Parade.
The Merchants' Parade is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The Children's Parade will roll at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14 and the Red Hat Parade will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

All three parades will roll from the Civic Center to Broad Street and then head south down Ryan Street to Sale Road. These parades are all open to the public to enter. The Red Hat Parade's only requirement is that a red hat be worn by riders.

The cost to enter the Merchants' and Children's Parades is $40 per float/vehicle, per parade. The cost to enter the Red Hat Parade is $25 per float or vehicle. Forms and entry fees must be received by Friday, Jan. 29.

To download entry forms or find out more about Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana, log onto or call the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors' Bureau at 337-436-9588.