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Cold weather doesn't damper Lake Charles Lighting Ceremony

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It was an evening full of tradition.

The annual Lake Charles Lighting Ceremony was held at the Civic Center.

There was entertainment, Christmas lights, and much more.

Lake Charles held their annual lighting ceremony at the Civic Center. Normally, the Christmas program is held outdoors, but due to the weather, Mayor Randy Roach says they moved things inside.

"The forecast was not only going to be cold but a little bit wet, we decided the best thing was to move it inside and I think things worked out well, all things considered," said Mayor Roach.

But that didn't stop the entertainment, as several local artists performed – including Blake Rogers, who sang her new single "It's Finally Here, Christmas Time."

"It's an opportunity for us to showcase some local talent, that's part of the presentation and part of our entertainment that we offer," said Mayor Roach.

He also says the event has become a tradition for Lake Charles, "we want children today to be able to have a tradition of their own and for families to be able to include what we do here at the Civic Center as part of their Christmas tradition."

Another tradition, having a special guest flip on the Christmas lights.

This year, it was 8-year-old Christian White, who says, "it was fun."

But after flipping on the lights there's another tradition that takes place outside, that's the lighted boat parade and fireworks.

Despite cold weather, people watched the lighted boats drift by, with a fireworks show to wrap-up the event.

Mayor Roach says every year they add-on to their Christmas light collection.

This year purchasing over $100,000 worth of lights and decorations; they'll be up through New Years.

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