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Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

The Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu immerses you in all things related to Southwest Louisiana's family-friendly Mardi Gras! From the delectable seasonal king cake to the traditional Mardi Gras chicken run known as a Courir de Mardi Gras to how the fabulous over-the-top headdresses and gowns are imagined and created. With more than 65 Krewes in Southwest Louisiana, some having been established more than 70 years ago, Mardi Gras revelry abounds during the season and now, year-round, at the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu.

Hours & Admission

Tours of the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu are self-guided, allowing you to go at your own pace.
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Museum Store

The Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu Gift Shop offers inventory ranging from novelty items and clothing to a limited upscale gift selection,.
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Located in the Nellie Lutcher Cultural District at 641 Enterprise Blvd, Lake Charles, La, less than a half mile from I-10 via the Enterprise Blvd exit (31A).
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Our History

David R. O'Quinn, Anne G. Monlezun, and the captains of various Krewes initially conceived the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in the early 90s. Founder of the Krewe of Illusions in 1990, David O'Quinn was well-known for designing oversized and elaborate costumes. Founder of the Krewe de la Famille in 1980 and known as the mother of Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana, Anne G. Monlezun was also responsible for starting the Krewe of Krewes organization, the Krewe of Krewes parade and the first Miss Mardi Gras pageants.

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641 Enterprise Blvd.
Lake Charles, LA 70601


Visitors with limited mobility are able to use our designated parking area and may easily access the facility by using our wheelchair-friendly pavement. All public areas of the museum are wheelchair accessible.

Free, convenient parking is available for museum visitors.

Board & Staff
  • Anne G. Monlezun – President
  • Randy Lanza – Vice President & Lighting Director
  • Dr. Lee J. Monlezun – Treasurer
  • Brenda Wilkinson – Secretary
  • Lisa S. Smith – Volunteer Director
  • Jana Meaux – Design Director
  • Sybil Irving – Public Relations Consultant
  • David J. Faulk – Museum Director

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