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Throughout the year, Lake Charles’s casino resorts offer guests fun and relaxing ways to enjoy their stay. Golden Nugget Lake Charles and L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, both a short drive from downtown Lake Charles, are equipped with luxurious rooms, varied gaming options, pools, golfing and a wide range of dining experiences. Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, situated in nearby Vinton, hosts live thoroughbred races throughout the winter months.
Carnival season, which runs from January 6 through Mardi Gras Day—looks
a little different in Lake Charles. Colorful parades with floats and masked riders roll through the city, while surrounding towns celebrate the Courir de Mardi Gras. In the courir, revelers dress up in colorful costumes and travel around collecting ingredients for a communal gumbo. Chicken chasing and live music make this a truly special bit of living history.