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The DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival is held each year in April at the Lake Charles Civic Center in downtown Lake Charles. The DTLC Crawfish Festival promotes awareness of the crawfish season, the history of it, and how the seafood industry has benefited Louisiana in the past 200 years. The target audience for the festival is the general public; ages ranging from kids to adults. Previous years’ event hosted over 4,000 for the first year, and has seen an increased census each year following. The proceeds from the event benefits the Eljay Foundation for Parkinson Syndrome Awareness.

All attendees will pay an admission-only fee to enter the festival. The festival includes music and live band entertainment. While in the festival, there will be an opportunity to purchase merchandise and food from local businesses and vendors. There will also be a carnival outdoors where you can purchase tickets for the rides and midway games. The organization makes an effort to lease booth space to only local and regional small businesses. Past vendors have been from Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi displaying and selling gifts, clothes, purses, art, farm equipment, and food. The layout of the festival grounds at the Civic Center allows for it to be one of the largest indoor/outdoor festivals in southwest Louisiana. The festival will be held rain or shine.

3K-5K Run/Walk Crawfish Scoot 

It was decided that in 2018 the Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival would hold a 3K or 5K Run/Walk Crawfish Scoot instead of a parade or pageant. The event was advertised on our web site where applications could be completed for the event. We wanted to include members of the community as well as members of our SWLA Parkinson Assembly support group and their caregivers. What started out as a 3K or 5K Run/Walk, ended up as a 5K Run/Walk because no one, and I repeat, NO ONE turned around at the 3K mark. Medals were awarded to those completing the walk. Look for our 5K Run/Walk Crawfish Scoot for a Cause in 2020.  Get your applications in early by going to 



The Carnival
The festival begins on Friday evening with a Family Night at the midway carnival, which provides special rates on rides and games for families. The carnival is held until Sunday. The carnival is set up on the outer perimeter of the festival grounds. The carnival is contracted through Mitchell Brothers Amusements, a Louisiana based amusement production company with over fifty years of experience. This company has served the DTLC Crawfish Festival for five years. There are several games that players can win prizes and stuffed animals. There are rides for small children as well as rides with height restrictions.



Musical Entertainment
Following the opening ceremonies by the mayor and festival royalty, the day continues with the best Zydeco, Cajun and Pop Music bands. The festival also allows time for new and upcoming local artists to perform. The festival is diverse with its talent selection to please the tastes of the diverse attendees. Each local radio station sponsors a time on the stage. During their sponsored time, they present their sponsored entertainer and promote their business while acknowledging the Premium Event Sponsor and the cause and mission of the event. The festival celebrates local talent. All musical entertainers live within a one-hundred mile radius of Lake Charles.