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Contraband Days Pirate Festival May 1-13

Contraband Days
Pirate lovers, mark your calendars! Contraband Days is celebrating its 55th year with its annual festival held on May 1-May 13, 2012 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The festival has been especially anticipated this year as there have been many changes to improve the pirate experience. Supporters have been working hard during the year to establish a new logo, a new website and a new brand to emphasize the festival. With two weeks of ongoing fun, there are plenty of opportunities to stop on down at the festival and walk a plank - or two.

Legend of Jean Lafitte
Like any festival in Louisiana, there is a story behind Contraband Days. The festival celebrates Jean Lafitte, a pirate who docked his boat along Lake Charles. The legend suggests the Jean Lafitte buried his treasure along the banks of Lake Charles after docking his boat. That night, there was fire from the cannons as the citizens of Lake Charles tried to defend the seawall. The pirates captured the mayor, and he was put on trial and forced to walk the plank.

The legend of Jean Lafitte fits perfectly into our concept of what pirates were like back in the day – treasure, capturing people and walking the plank – which makes this story even more exciting to be told. Whether you’re a pirate fan or just someone who loves the festivals in Southwest Louisiana, you’ll enjoy everything that Contraband Days has to offer.

Entertainment for Kids and Adults
For starters, there are carnival rides, games, live music and entertainment each day during the two weeks. Some of the musical guests include Beverly McClellan from the Voice, Ryan Andreas from America’s Got Talent and Adam Trent from Disney’s Shake it Up. Music isn’t the only thing to be enjoyed, as this year people with a knack for building things can partake in the Pirogue Building Contest and win prizes, while those who enjoy cooking can join in the Bar-B-Que Cookoff.

The “Pirate’s Cove” outdoor adult lounge is perfect for adults who want to get away from the family-friendly setting and have a few drinks with other adults. At the Cove, there will be live acoustic music and karaoke. Adults must be 21 or older to get in. If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and will be enjoying kid-friendly activities, be sure to stop by the Kid’s World Stage to see performances by children for children.

Admission and Other Fees
One-day admission is $5, with free admission for children 5 years and younger. You can also purchase a Gate Pass for the entire festival for $10 through April 27 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Armbands and tickets can be purchased for carnival rides, and laser tag costs $5 per game. Parking is $2, or you can choose the VIP Parking for $25 for the entire festival.

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