Krewe of Charlie Sioux goes to the Mardi Gras in Lake Charles - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Krewe of Charlie Sioux goes to the Mardi Gras in Lake Charles

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

What city wouldn't want to be sisters with a city from Louisiana?

Sioux City, Iowa is the sister city to Lake Charles, known as the Krewe of Charlie Sioux, a group of residents from Sioux City that travels every year to Lake Charles for Mardi Gras.

"I'm all new to this so this is my first year down here," said Rhonda Capron, council member from Sioux City.

"This is really truly our sister city because I tell ya, we have so much in common and I really feel like I'm coming home to family I've never met yet so they've been just wonderful," Capron said.

But for some of the visitors, they're back for more.

"This is my second time here, obviously the first time had a blast, loved it, had to come back," Kevin Pottebaum, of Sioux City, said.

And each year Lake Charles shows those Sioux City residents a good time.

"It's something I look forward to each and every year and just to come down here, have a blast ... probably the only problem is there's just so much good food that it seems like every meal I'm stuffing way more than I should," Pottebaum said.

Another event taking place Tuesday was the Motorcycle, Hot Rods and Classics Parade which rolled down Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

Ronald Mesh is the Grand Marshall of the Hot Rods parade and builds, what he calls, "Dream Cars." He rode in a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette. 

"We just have the opportunity to go out and meet the public and people enjoy seeing them," Mesh said about riding in the Classics parade.

But what about the bikers?

"I ride a Heritage Softail Harley," Knuckles said.

Knuckles is president of the Original Blood Of The South (OBOTS) motorcycle group. For him and the other bikers in the group, riding in the parade is more than just a good time.

"Show people that we're not all about just what people represent motorcyclists you know. We're out here to enjoy the people and let them see we're normal people too," Knuckles said.

And our Sioux City friends are enjoying the people as well.

"You guys are missing some fun here I'm telling ya and we're having a great time!" Capron said to her friends back in Sioux City.

"I mean, who doesn't like finding another reason to celebrate and party?" Pottebaum said.

Until next year Sioux City, Happy Mardi Gras.

Our friends from Sioux City want people to experience their big 4th of July party called "Saturday in the Park." There is live music, food and just a big celebration.

A group from Lake Charles goes up there for that event. The Sioux City crowd will be back again next year for more Mardi Gras fun.

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