A Visit to the Mardi Gras Museum In Lake Charles, Louisiana

The Mardi Gras Museum in Lake Charles Louisiana is the largest museum in the country.

If you’re not into the madness of Mardi Gras each February and are otherwise fully stocked on your supply of beads, there are still places to visit in quieter days that allow you to understand and appreciate the Mardi Gras culture without the need to expose body parts. One of those places in Lake Charles, Louisiana.


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Mardi Gras History

The largest Mardi Gras museum in the U.S. is in an old school house in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Imperial Calcasieu Museum tells the global history of Mardi Gras, the importance of costume design and much more.

TheLake Charles Mardi Gras Museum houses more than 1,000 Mardi Gras costumes

The museum houses more than 1,000 costumes in six former classrooms. As you wander through the displays, you are encouraged to dance a little fais do-do as long as you are there. Don’t worry about having rhythm.  Painted footsteps on the floor will tell you where you are supposed to be when.

You can’t help but appreciate the detailed brilliance of these hand-made costumes and why the wardrobes are so valuable. Some of them weigh up to 65 pounds, and the revelers will revel in these into the wee hours. Talk about a great cardio work-out.

King Cake and Mardi Gras in Lake Charles

And then, there’s the little cafe to sit and enjoy King Cake, that wonderful pastry with a Baby Jesus baked inside. While you’re enjoying a cup of coffee and fresh pastry, you’ll learn more about the 12th Night Tradition, the beginning of Mardi Gras season.

A freshly baked King Cake at the Mardi Gras Museum in Lake Charles Louisiana

Such delights as these should not be celebrated just once a year.  Visit any day of the year in Lake Charles Louisiana.

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