The Christmas decorations are down and it's time to light up the house for Mardi Gras. This year, Mardi Gras is February 13th and there are celebrations, festivals and parades all the way up to Fat Tuesday.

All in all, there will be 15 parades in and around the area and that means a lot of chances to see some pretty amazing costumes and catch some beads. Here are some of the highlights coming up in the area for Mardi Gras:

Mardi Gras 12th Night

  • January 6, 2018
  • Times: Starting: 7:00 PM, Doors open at 6:00 PM
  • Location: Lake Charles Civic Center (Convention/Entertainment Center)
  • Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles, LA 70601
  • Phone: 337-425-8623

City of Sulphur Mardi Gras Parade

  • February 3, 2018
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Cypress Street through the S-Curve to South Huntington Street
  • Phone: 337-527-4500

King Cake Taste Off

  • February 3, 2018
  • Times: From: 03:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Henning Cultural Center
  • Address: 3295 Highway 27 S. Sulphur, LA 70663
  • Phone: 337-527-4500

Lake Charles Mardi Gras Chicken Run

  • February 4, 2018
  • Times: Parade at 1pm; Concert starts at 4pm
  • Location: Lake Charles Civic Center
  • Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles, LA 70601
  • Phone: (337) 660-1050

Mardi Gras Lighted Boat Parade

  • February 8, 2018
  • Times: Starting: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Lakefront Promenade
  • Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles, LA 70601
  • Phone: (337) 425-8623
  • Admission: Free

Mardi Gras Merchants' Parade

  • February 9, 2018
  • Times: Starting: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Downtown/Midtown Lake Charles
  • Address: Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70601
  • Phone: (337) 425-8623
  • Admission: Free

World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo Cook-off

  • February 10, 2018
  • Times: Cooking begins at 7:30 AM, Judging at 11:30 AM, Gumbo served after Judging until 1:30 PM
  • Location: Lake Charles Civic Center (Convention/Entertainment Center)
  • Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles, LA 70601
  • Phone: 337-475-7393
  • Admission: $5 (Children 5 & Under are free)

Mardi Gras Children's Day Parade

  • February 11, 2018
  • Times: Starting: 3:30 PM
  • Location: Route is Downtown Ryan St to Sale Rd
  • Address: Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70601
  • Phone: 337-425-8623
  • Admission: Free

And those are just some of the events and galas we can enjoy during Mardi Gras 2018!