The Merchants' Parade has begun in Lake Charles.
The parade began at the Civic Center and will turn east onto Mill St., south onto Ryan and end at the intersection of Ryan Street and Sale Road.
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The following events have been announced for the 2015 Mardi Gras season in Southwest Louisiana:
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 in downtown Lake Charles. The parade route will begin at the Lake Charles Civic Center, turn east onto Mill St., South onto Ryan and end at the intersection of Ryan St. and Sale Road. Cost to enter is $55 per float.
Gumbo Cook-off and Zydeco Dance:
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Over 50 teams will compete for the best seafood, chicken and sausage or wild game gumbo. Cooking starts at 7:30 a.m. for contestants, with judging taking place at 11:30 a.m. Gumbo will be served until 1:30 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes gumbo samples. The dance will follow from 3-5 p.m.
Krewe of Omega parade:
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The parade route will start at the Lake Charles Civic Center, turn onto Broad St. and then east onto Enterprise Boulevard. Floats will then turn left onto Mill St. and head back to the civic center.
Krewe of Barkus parade:
3 p.m. Saturday. Feb. 14 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Krewe of Cosmos presentation:
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Sulphur High School auditorium. Krewe members will perform skits, songs and more.
Krewe of Illusions presentation:
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 in the Rosa Hart Theatre at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Tickets are $35 for orchestra seating, $18 for reserved seating and $15 for standard balcony seating. Formal attire is required for orchestra seating. To purchase orchestra seats, call
. Balcony tickets can be bought at the civic center box office.
Taste de la Louisiane:
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. Attendees will be able to sample traditional Louisiana cuisine. Admission is $7.
Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. This free event is open to ages 3-11 and will feature interactive exhibits on performing arts, science and technology, safety and health, and arts and crafts. The Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu will have souvenirs and photo opportunities.
3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 in Lake Charles. The parade route will begin at the Lake Charles Civic Center, turn east onto Mill St., South onto Ryan and end at the intersection of Ryan St. and Sale Road. Cost to enter is $55 per float.
Motor Gras Parade:
Sunday, Feb. 15 immediately following the Children's Parade in downtown Lake Charles. The parade route will begin at the Lake Charles Civic Center, turn east onto Mill St., South onto Ryan and end at the intersection of Ryan St. and Sale Road. Cost to enter is $10 per hot rod or $5 per classic car.
Lighted boat parade:
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 at the boardwalk near the Lake Charles Civic Center.
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. About 60 krewes will show off their elaborate costumes. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Children ages 5 and under get in free. Tickets are available for purchase from Gordon's Drug Store, Party Time, Medearis' Costumes, The Mardi Gras Lady and the Lake Charles Civic Center Box Office.
Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the empty parking lot between the Charleston Building and the Parish Courthouse on Ryan St. The area will serve as a kid-friendly, alcohol-free zone. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is sponsoring this event.
Krewe of Krewes parade:
5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 in downtown Lake Charles. The parade begins on Bord du Lac Drive, turns left on Lakeshore Drive, right on Mill Street and right Ryan Street. The parade will follow Ryan down to its intersection with Sale Road.
Iowa Chicken Run:
Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 503 E. Highway 90 in Iowa. Doors open at 8 a.m., with lineup beginning at 9 a.m. and the parade starting at 10 a.m. The parade will head west on Hwy 90 and will stop at businesses and neighborhoods to collect ingredients for a community gumbo. The parade will end at the VF Factory Outlet. Parade participants will then head to Rabideaux's Sausage kitchen for final gumbo preparations and then go back to the KC Hall, where gumbo will be served from 2-4 p.m. The entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.
Mardi Gras parade:
4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 on Main Street in downtown Jennings.
Mardi Gras Trail Ride:
8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. Lineup beginning at 6 a.m. Route begins and ends at the West Cal Arena in Sulphur. Admission is $10 for adults. Children ages 12 and under get in free.
Mardi Gras Parade:
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 on Third Street in downtown Leesville. The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce will host the event. For more information, call
Mardi Gras festival:
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 on the lawn of the Old Courthouse in Leesville. There will be live music and art and craft vendors. For more information, visit the
Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 16-17 at the Crowley fair grounds, located at 11 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley. Performers will include Geno Delafose and the French Rockin' Boogie, Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns and Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express. Carnival rides will be open from 5-10 p.m. on Sunday, 5-11 p.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Pets and ice chests will not be allowed. For more information, including ticket pricing, contact city hall at
Mardi Gras parade:
3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 in downtown Crowley. The parade route will begin at the intersection of Front St. and Parkerson Ave., turn north on the Court Circle and then follow Parkerson Ave. south to the fair grounds.
Third Annual Ceasers Mardi Gras Chicken Run:
Saturday, Feb. 14 at The Stable, located at 5043 Doise Road in Elton. Parade lineup will begin at 8 a.m. with riders departing at 10 a.m. The parade route will begin on Doise Road, turn north onto Elton Drive and west onto 1st St., before stopping at the farmers market on Pine St. From there, the parade will continue north on Pine St., turn west on Martin Luther King Dr. and north onto Powell Road as more ingredients are collected for the community gumbo. The parade will follow the same route back to its starting point, where the gumbo will be served. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. \
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