Sometimes it seems harder to figure out what's more exciting, the pre-event expectations, or attending an event itself. As for me, I stay excited this whole season.

Michael Flippo

Here's a short quick peek at what's going on in the Lake Charles area this week as far as Mardi Gras is concerned.

Vinton - Mardi Gras Celebration 10 AM - 4 PM Saturday (Feb 3) in downtown. The Vinton KC is hosting a gumbo cookoff at 10 AM and a parade at 1 PM from the Vinton Middle School to the Knights of Columbus Hall. The Gumbo judging follows the parade at 2 and then free-tasting for all.

Sulphur - Mardi Gras Parade Saturday at 2 PM at Heritage Square. King Cake Taste-Off is at 3 PM at the Henning Cultural Center. It's a free event that local bakeries compete in and try to best each other in, lot's of fun.

Lake Charles - Mardi Gras Chicken Run is Sunday (Feb 4) at the Civic Center. At 4 PM there will be a parade of horses, floats and ATV's and a Zydeco concert.

If we missed something for this week just drop us a line in the comments below or our Facebook site and we'll add it in toot suite.