Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival celebrates 57 years - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival celebrates 57 years

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Pat Louviere and Erik Jessen pose with the 2014 Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Days Poster. (Source: Lake Charles/SWLA CVB) Pat Louviere and Erik Jessen pose with the 2014 Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Days Poster. (Source: Lake Charles/SWLA CVB)
LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -

The Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival is celebrating its 57th year in Lake Charles.

As part of the celebration, the 2014 Contraband Days poster was recently unveiled. The poster pays tribute to deceased local artist Elton Louviere, who was well known for his depictions of Louisiana wildlife and landscapes. Erik Jessen, a graphic arts instructor at SOWELA, designed the poster. 

At the unveiling, Lake Charles Buccaneer Jimmy Bastow was also revealed as this year's Jean Lafitte.

This year's event will be held from April 29 to May 11 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Admission is $5 at the gate for adults. Children ages 5 and under get in free. Festival passes are available HERE for $10 each.

Activities throughout the festival will include the Walking of the Plank by the Lake Charles Mayor, Tour Lafitte 2014, the Louisiana Music Education Association convention, a fireworks display, carnival rides, a barbecue cook-off, an arm wrestling contest, a pirogue building contest, a pirate costume contest and food and craft vendors. A full schedule of events is available HERE.

Performers at the festival will include Wayne Toups, Thompson Square, LA ROXX, The Family Stone, Jason Crabb. A full schedule of events is available HERE.

Armbands for carnival rides are $15 per person on Thursdays, $25 per person on Fridays through Sundays, $20 per person on Mondays to Wednesdays and $30 for 4 armbands on Tuesdays.

Parking will be $2 a day. For more information on ticket prices and fees during the festival, click HERE.

Entry forms for festival contests are available HERE. Applications for vendors are available HERE.

With the exception of the cook-off, barbecue pits and cooking units will not be allowed on the festival grounds. Ice chests, alcoholic beverages, tents, canopies, pets, weapons, skateboards and golf carts are also banned. For a full list of festival rules and regulations, click HERE.

For more information on the festival, visit www.contrabanddays.com or call the festival office at 337-436-5508.

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