Glittering Twelfth Night kicks off SWLA Mardi Gras season - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Glittering Twelfth Night kicks off SWLA Mardi Gras season

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Twelve days after Christmas can only mean one thing in Southwest Louisiana – Twelfth Night!

And with that, Mardi Gras season officially kicked off Sunday night at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

This  year, Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana did something a little different, holding an indoor Parade of Krewes for the first time.

People of all ages were out to enjoy the costumes, the throws, the good times and to get in the spirit of Mardi Gras.

And without a doubt, there was one response from people when asked what makes Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana so special …

"I think it's because we're so family-oriented. I think we really put an effort out to really be inclusive and not exclusive," said Linda Woolford of the Twelfth Night Revelers.

"It's a family event. Everybody thinks that in Lake Charles you can bring your kids. You can bring your parents. You can bring everyone," said Gena Millslagle of Krewe de Savage.

"Lake Charles Mardi Gras is family-oriented. So, you're safe in Lake Charles. You're going to get great throws. They'll be a lot of people but you'll be safe along the route," said Anne Monlezun, president of Krewe of Krewes.

This year, there are 62 krewes registered in the Lake Area.

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