For the 58th year, Pirate Jean LaFitte and his band of Buccaneers have taken over the grounds of the Lake Charles Civic Center until May 10. Gator Country know this two week festival as Contraband Days. But, has it run its course?
The Buccaneers will be leaving the City of Lake Charles this Sunday and returning the command to Mayor Randy Roach thus ending Contraband Days 2013. Even though they made us walk the plank when they took over the city, I don't think they will walk the plank when the mayor takes over. Don't seem fair. But anyway there's still a big weekend of Contraband Days left and it's full of fun with great food and entertainment. Check out this weekend's schedule.
With the first weekend of Contraband Days 2013 starting today, I thought it would be a good idea to tell a little history of our festival for some that don't know about it. Here is a video from 2 years ago with some of the participants of the Buccaneers and Contraband Days board
Yes the Buccaneers will be attempting to take over the City of Lake Charles this afternoon and they will be getting some resistance. I was asked to be a part of firing the cannon and gladly accepted the invitation.
It's that time again. Pirates are poised to take over our city. Jean Lafite and his crew will sail into the familiar waters of Lake Charles and the party begins. You probably know Pirates consume massive amounts of Rum. This makes them a wee bit forgetful. The pirates bad memory means you can win cash. Here's how.
Almost every year I have been on radio, I have had the pleasure of getting to go to Contraband Days at the Lake Charles Civic Center. And every year I have had my choice of a cornucopia of unique items to claim as my own, as you can tell from my collection of white trash rings!
What happens before a visit from Josh Ledet? Most people don't give it much thought. There were thousands working behind the scenes to pull this off. I can not speak for all of our law enforcement and other agencies who all worked together like a well oiled machine; but I can tell you what it is like at the radio station
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