This year I went to Mardi Gras for the very first time, and I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to spend it in Lake Charles, Louisiana, home to the second largest Mardi Gras celebration in the state. New Orleans is known for the more raucous parties, complete with booze and boobs; Lake Charles has nearly as many krewes as New Orleans, but it’s a community celebration, which means there may be a bit of alcohol tipped back here and there, but the emphasis is on good, clean fun.
I loved everything about Mardi Gras in Lake Charles—the fanfare, the food, the parties, the people. Everybody was incredibly happy, and no one hesitated about jumping into the holiday spirit with green, gold and purple clothing and costumes. In fact, it was those without strings of beads around their necks and eager eyes looking for the next serving of gumbo that were most out of place during the Mardi Gras celebration.
My trip to Lake Charles during Mardi Gras was comped, but all opinions are my own.