Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Things to Do: Krewe of Krewes’ Parade, Lake Charles, Louisiana


Krewe of Krewes’ Parade  February 28, 2017.  Free.  More than 100 elaborate krewe floats pulled by big rigs wind through downtown Lake Charles with their krewes aboard throwing beads to one and all.  I collected pounds of them and wore them all.  By the way, it doesn’t feel good if you get hit in the head or face by hurled beads, so keep your wits about you.    
          Southern Spice restaurant is a great spot to hole up for the event.  The kitchen provides a bountiful buffet of southern dishes, plus plenty of drinks. 


blogger Carole Terwilliger Meyers with Mardi Gras beads at Southern Spice restaurant in Lake Charles, LA
blogger Carole Terwilliger Meyers with Mardi Gras beads at Southern Spice restaurant in Lake Charles, LA


Mardi Gras menu at Southern Spice restaurant in Lake Charles, LA
Mardi Gras menu at Southern Spice restaurant in Lake Charles, LA


cracklins at Southern Spice restaurant in Lake Charles, LA
cracklins at Southern Spice restaurant in Lake Charles, LA


big rig float in Krewe of Krewes' Parade at Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, LA
big rig float in Krewe of Krewes' Parade at Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, LA


big rig float in Krewe of Krewes' Parade at Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, LA
big rig float in Krewe of Krewes' Parade at Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, LA





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Friday, January 13, 2017

Things to Do: Iowa Chicken Run, Lake Charles, Louisiana


Iowa Chicken Run  February 28, 2017.  Procession goes down Highway 90.  $10, under 13 $5.  Centered in the rural suburb of Iowa (pronounced “Ioway”), this relaxed event involves riding a float and throwing beads, chasing chickens, and finishing with some gumbo and toe-tapping live music.  All you need to do is follow the Captain’s lead.  When he blows his whistle, you either exit your float at a stop or board your float quickly to move on to the next stop.  You can also walk or dance between stops.  Based on old tradition, the procession stops at different homes along the way where the Captain collects ingredients from homeowners for the gumbo.  At stops, folks dance to Zydeco music played on accordions and scrub boards, and then the Captain throws a chicken into the air.  When it lands, the chicken starts running, the children chase it, and everyone moves on when the Captain blows the whistle again.  Not to burst any bubbles, but the chicken is sometimes actually a rooster, and it isn’t cooked into a gumbo that night.  It lives to run again the next year.  At the end this event, everyone enjoys a gumbo feast and more music and dancing.  


participants in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
participants in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana


masked man in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
masked man in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana

 
Zydeco band in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
Zydeco band in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana


participants in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
participants in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana


gumbo ingredients donated by home owner in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
gumbo ingredients donated by home owner in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana


rooster participant in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
rooster participant in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana






child captures chicken in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
child captures chicken in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana


chicken-capturer in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana
chicken-capturer in Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, Louisiana

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Things to Do: Mardi Gras Royal Gala, Lake Charles, Louisiana


Mardi Gras Royal Gala  February 27, 2017.  At Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum.  $5-$6, under 5 free.  This is the only place in Louisiana where the general public can see all the Mardi Gras royalty in full costume.  The courts of more than 60 krewes appear in full regalia.  Krewes include kings, queens, royal dukes and duchesses, captains, courtesans, and jesters.  It is quite a show.

BEHIND THE SCENES/GETTING READY:

behind the scenes at Mardi Gras Royal Gala in Lake Charles, Louisiana


behind the scenes at Mardi Gras Royal Gala in Lake Charles, Louisiana


behind the scenes at Mardi Gras Royal Gala in Lake Charles, Louisiana


behind the scenes at Mardi Gras Royal Gala in Lake Charles, Louisiana
It takes one to know one.


behind the scenes at Mardi Gras Royal Gala in Lake Charles, Louisiana


behind the scenes at Mardi Gras Royal Gala in Lake Charles, Louisiana

THE PROCESSION:

procession at Mardi Gras Royal Gala in Lake Charles, Louisiana


procession at Mardi Gras Royal Gala in Lake Charles, Louisiana


procession at Mardi Gras Royal Gala in Lake Charles, Louisiana


procession at Mardi Gras Royal Gala in Lake Charles, Louisiana

YOU ARE THERE!/VIDEO



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Friday, January 6, 2017

Things to Do: Lake Charles Mardi Gras, Lake Charles, Louisiana


Lake Charles Mardi Gras  (800) 456-7952. 
February 28, 2017 (events run from February 18 to February 28/Fat Tuesday)
     Lake Charles hosts the second-largest Mardi Gras in Louisiana.  It is a quieter, less crazy, more family-friendly celebration than in New Orleans, but it also has plenty of feathers and fabulous frocks.
     Based on a medieval French tradition, Mardi Gras is a religious holiday that was brought to the area long ago by French students.  It is traditionally a secretive organization, and at one time people needed to be born into their “krewe” (the Old English spelling of crew).  The color representations are purple for justice, gold for power, and green for faith. 
     The best way to visit for Mardi Gras is to decide which events you want to participate in, then book a hotel for that period and secure your tickets.

stuffed alligator in Mardi Gras hat, Lake Charles, Louisiana
stuffed alligator in Mardi Gras hat, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras Royal Gala-Duchess of Ball Games, Shannon McSwain, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Mardi Gras Royal Gala-Duchess of Ball Games, Shannon McSwain, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras beads, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Mardi Gras beads, Lake Charles, Louisiana

MAJOR EVENTS:
Mardi Gras Royal Gala
Iowa Chicken Run
Krewe of Krewes’ Parade



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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Things to Do/Sights to See: New York Hall of Science/nysci & GingerBread Lane, NYC--Queens--Corona/Flushing


New York Hall of Science/nysci  47-01 111th St., in Flushing Meadows Corona Park,  (718) 699-0005.  M-F 9:30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10-6.  $15, 62+ $12, 2-17 $12, students $12; free Sun 10-11am and F 2-5 pm; parking $10.  Restaurant.  Founded during the 1964-65 World’s Fair, this energetic science museum aimed at children has become New York’s center for hands-on, interactive science.  You’ll find more than 450 exhibits here, plus demonstrations and workshops galore.  Adults seem to really enjoy the radar gun that measures how fast you can throw a baseball, while toddlers love Preschool Place--it provides great fun for under 5s.  The innovative outdoor Science Playground (seasonal) is a don’t miss, and 3-D movies provide a nice break (both have separate admission).  When you leave, consider a stop at the park’s Rocket Park Mini Golf (seasonal), kiddie amusement park, or zoo (separate admission). 

exterior of New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
exterior of New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

The seasonal GingerBread Lane event is included with admission.  Both children and adults get excited when they see this gigantic gingerbread village.  Situated on a protected glassed-in ledge around the edge of a bright circular room, it consists of all kinds of buildings and roads.  It takes chef Jon Lovitch a year to design and build it.  He uses only edible ingredients--candy, icing, gingerbread dough--and it weighs more than 1½ tons.  All structures are dismantled and given away at the close of the exhibition.  Related workshops are scheduled.

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

(If you find yourself stuck at home one snowy winter day, make playdough and construct your own little village.) 


We like tying in a visit here with a meal at Tortilleria & Taqueria Nixtamal


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