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Feb 26, 201910:00 AM
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A Royal Affair

Lake Charles flaunts Carnival royalty at the Mardi Gras Royal Gala

Most visitors and residents alike know Carnival and its krewe “royalty” from the many parades that occur throughout Louisiana. But most of the Carnival balls and special events where these royals make their first entrance in all their glorious costuming remains a private affair.

Lake Charles has come up with an innovative answer, throwing a Mardi Gras Royal Gala event on Lundi Gras to give everyone a view at the city’s royalty for the year.

At 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the Lake Charles Civic Center, the Mardi Gras Royal Gala presents a promenade of more than 60 krewes and their royalty dressed in extravagant costumes. We’re talking kings and queens in all their sequins, silks and crowns, dukes and duchesses, captains and jesters. As an emcee announces each krewe and its royalty, this vibrant display of color and glitz fills the auditorium.

And here’s the best part. Tickets are only $6 in advance, $7 at the door and children ages five and younger are admitted free. So, for a fee less than a movie ticket, visitors can view not one but all of the city’s royalty presented for Carnival that year. There’s even music and dancing.

For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or visit www.swlamardigras.com for a full schedule of Mardi Gras events.

 

More information: visitlakecharles.org/event/mardi-gras-royal-gala

 

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Cheré Dastugue Coen is a veteran food and travel writer who combs Louisiana searching for hidden gems. A native of New Orleans and current resident of Lafayette, she celebrates her home state in her writing, which includes award-winning plays and books. Her non-fiction books include “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History;” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana;” “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags & Sachets” with Jude Bradley; “Cooking in Cajun Country” with Carl Breaux; and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Tour of Acadiana.”

She is also the author of several romance novels and the Viola Valentine Mystery Series, all involving Louisiana characters or settings, under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Visit her blogs LouisianaBookNews.blogspot.com and WeirdSouth.blogspot.com or her websites, cherecoen.wix.com/cherecoen and cherieclaire.net.

 

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