Twelfth Night kicks off the Mardi Gras season in SWLA

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras celebrated Twelfth Night 2012 at the Civic Center on Friday, Jan. 6 to welcome in the Mardi Gras season.

Mardi Gras crews from the 2011 season dressed in their elaborate costumes and walked their final walk as Mardi Gras royalty before the 2012 royals take reign.

Vice President of Mardi Gras for Southwest Louisiana Katie Harrington said the final promenade of the carnival royals is how the season kicks off.

"It's a really great benefit of living in Southwest Louisiana," Harrington said of the Mardi Gras festivities. "The holidays don't end once the new year starts. We have a new thing we just roll into and we keep the good times rolling!"

The Twelfth Night featured Kings, Queens, Captains, Maids and the rest of the royals from each crew. The event was open to the community and people of all ages attended.

"This is truly a community celebration. There is literally something for everyone from the smallest to the oldest," Harrington said.

The 2012 royal crews haven't been announced yet. The announcement of this year's crews happens at the private Mardi Gras balls throughout the season.

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