For those looking for something to do this Mardi Gras, consider taking a road trip to Lake Charles, LA. This city has one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the Southwest Louisiana region, which means you can have fun on this holiday without taking a long trip to the crowded New Orleans celebration. We here at 171 Nissan can’t wait for Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras will be held on Tuesday, February 13 this year. As many native Louisianans know, Mardi Gras is derived from the Carnival celebrations that often happen before Ash Wednesday in the Christian tradition. Mardi Gras, which means “Fat Tuesday,” is a time to let loose, and many people have expansive feasts and parades on this day.
According to Visit Lake Charles, there will be a massive parade in the downtown area on February 13. Roughly an hour drive from DeRidder, Lake Charles has a museum and a long history associated with Mardi Gras. If you go, be sure to book your hotel now, as the event is expected to sell out many local hotels.
There will be a float contest, a gumbo cook off, and more. Be sure to wear the traditional purple, green, and gold colors, and expect to collect plenty of beads and doubloons as the floats pass by. There are few things more fun than a Lake Charles Mardi Gras.