Now that the holidays over, most of us in Southwest Louisiana are prepping for Mardi Gras. Twelfth Night follows twelve days after Christmas and marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras season prior to Lent. Our unique version of Carnival is family-oriented mambo and Zydeco, jaw-dropping costumes, parades, gumbo and other traditional cajun dishes, with Louisiana music and dancing. The Lake Charles Twelfth Night has more than 60 private krewes that attend.

This amazing experience is open to the public. Guests will have a chance to win grand prizes. If you find a baby in your piece of King Cake, you can win grand prizes from local merchants and businesses in our area. Twelfth Night is sponsored by Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana, Inc.

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There will be a lively, mini-parade featuring members of Krewe of Krewes under the direction of Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana. Doors open at 6:00pm and the event begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $8 at the door. Children five and under are admitted free.

There will also be a car show at the civic center from 9:00am to 1:00pm. This is the third year for the Mardi Gras Twelfth Night Car Show. Winners from the car show will be presented as part of the annual Twelfth Night indoor parade and all entrants will receive entry into the Motor Gras parade on Mardi Gras day.