Happy Mardi Gras from Lake Charles 2010.....

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Family-Friendly Atmosphere:
The best part about celebrating Mardi Gras in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is the atmosphere. There is a type of warmth that is genuine along with a simple spirit of joy which is what we Cajuns call the "joie de vivre" or the "joy of living." In Lake Charles, you can experience lavish costumes and the big city pageantry of Mardi Gras along with a family-friendly feel. In fact, there is a whole day dedicated to children and family activities during the celebration, and parade routes are filled with families lining the streets, so that makes Mardi Gras in Lake Charles a unique place to experience Carnival.

Royal Presentations:
Lake Charles has over 50 krewes and is second in the state only to New Orleans with the number of krewes participating in Mardi Gras activities. Lake Charles is also the only place in the state where the public is invited to see the ornate costumes the royal courts from all local krewes in one place, both at the Twelfth Night evening, usually held on January 6 each year, as well as the Royal Gala, held the evening before Mardi Gras day. In other parts of the state non-krewe members would have to be invited to each krewe's ball in order to see the royal court in their fine feathers! It's a nominal fee that gets the public in the door, and jeans are the comfort clothes of choice for these presentations! Also, at the Twelfth Night presentation of courts, each person walking in the door gets a piece of King Cake, and grand prizes are given out to lucky patrons.

Glitzy Costumes:
The costumes are huge at each presentation with some weighing more than 65 pounds. The court royalty have no problem wearing the costumes and even taking a bow before the Mardi Gras queens and Duke or Duchess of Misrule at the front of the stage. It's a great way to get a look at the kings, queens, royal dukes and duchesses, captains, courtesans and jesters in full costume.

mardigras08ht3.gif Mardi Gras image by moonstarr60504

Comments (3)

Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Joannie, it has been a party here in New Orleans as well. This being the big weekend and appears the crowds are larger considering the cold weather. Happy Mardi Gras!

Feb 13, 2010 02:08 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Happy Mardi Gras.  New Orleans has a lot to celebrate.  Hope everyone has an very  good tme.

Feb 13, 2010 02:10 PM
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

Happy Mardi Gras! I can't wait to get back to LA to experience it again! This has got to be a great year for celebration! Love the picture! Do the Mardi Gras Mambo, Mambo, Mambo!

Feb 13, 2010 02:23 PM