There are lots of Mardi Gras events this weekend. Here are your highlights:
Mardi Gras Workshop: Feb. 11 in the Artspace at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad St. in Lake Charles. Classes begin at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and are limited to 20 children each. Create a Mardi Gras mask to wear to parades. For more information, call 337-433-9420. Admission is $7.50 for adults and children over 23 months, $6.75 for military members and $5.75 for seniors.
Royal Gala: Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Charles. More than 60 krewes will present their 2013 royal courts. Admission is $5 in advance or $6 at the door and free for children 5 and under. For more information, call 337-244-1466.
Krewe of Krewes' Parade: Feb. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. in Downtown Lake Charles.
Fishbone, followed by Lingus and The Scorceses: Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Luna Live, located at 710 Ryan St. in Lake Charles.
Motorcycles, Hot Rods and Classics Parade: Feb. 12 beginning at noon on Ryan St. in Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles. Admission is free.
Valentine's Workshop: Feb. 13 at the Children's Museum, located at 327 Broad St. in Lake Charles. Classes begin at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and are limited to 20 children each. Create a special Valentine's Day card.
Poetry Out Loud's Annual Southwest Louisiana Regional Finals Competition: Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Central School Theater, located at 809 Kirby St. in Lake Charles. Admission is free.
Sketch Night: Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at Stellar Beans, located at 319 Broad St. in Lake Charles.
Horse & Burrow Adoption/Sale: Feb. 15-16 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Burton Coliseum, located at 7001 Gulf Hwy in Lake Charles. For more information, call 866-468-7826.
Gladys Knight: Feb. 15 at 8:30 p.m. at the L'Auberge Event Center in Lake Charles. Tickets start at $60 and are available through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 800-745-3000.
Carnival d'Acadie: Feb. 11-12 at the Crowley Enterprise Grounds, located on North Parkerson Ave. the event will feature a parade at 3 p.m. on Feb. 12. Performers will include Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Jamie Bergeron & the Cajun Kickins' and Kenne' Wayne. There will be carnival rides, and food vendors will be present. For more information, contact the City Hall at 337-783-0824.
Eunice Mardi Gras Run: Feb. 12 at the Northwest Community Center. Gumbo will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Center.
Tee-Mamou Mardi Gras: Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. at 5647 Riverside Road in Iota. The event will feature a chicken run, music and food. Admission is free. For more information, call 337-824-3536. This event is hosted by the Frey's.
Iowa Chicken Run: Feb. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. The run starts and ends at the Knights of Columbus Hall and runs west down Hwy 90. The event will feature gumbo and live music. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door for adults. For more information, call 337-842-1875 or 337-884-1403.
Victorian Valentine's Day exhibit: on display through Feb. 16 at the W.H. Stark House, located at 610 West Main Ave. in Orange, Texas. Visitors can also make Valentine's Day cards in the adjacent Carriage House. For more information, call 409-883-0871 or visit www.whstarkhouse.org.