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900 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601, USA (337) 436-5508
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From chowing down to dancing until the wee hours, it’s not hard to have a rollicking good time in Louisiana. Add pirate festivities to the mix, and it’s that much better. The event, based on the legend of Jean Lafitte, has land- and water-based activities, carnival rides, games and live music. During the two weeks, in fact, there are more than 100 events. You’ll see pirates in full regalia capture the mayor, put him on trial and force him to walk the plank. Enjoy delicious barbecue and then cheer for your favorite during the arm-wrestling competition.  

  • Founded in 1957
  • Each year, the first two weeks of May, the City of Lake Charles is transformed back in time to the days of the legendary pirate Jean Lafitte and his swashbuckling buccaneers.
  • In 1957 a group of local businessmen from the Downtown Division of the Lake Charles Association of Commerce (later known as the Chamber of Commerce) formed Lake Charles Contraband Days Inc (later known as Contraband Days Inc) for the sole purpose of developing a program to utilize the Lake Charles areas in recreational and cultural activities and to attract tourists. The group opted for a pirate theme with the LEGEND of Lafitte’s Buried Treasure along Contraband Bayou thus the first Annual Contraband Days was held in June 1958 as a one day event with a boat parade, water ski show and boat races. A few years later this group of men formed another organization called the Buccaneers of Lake Charles, Inc and added entertainment by dressing in pirate attire and costume. A “Jean Lafitte” would be selected to lead the buccaneers to “Capture the Mayor and take over the City”. Part of the buccaneer group would also dress in “City Militia” attire, armed with real cannons to try to ward off Lafitte & his buccaneers from landing as part of the entertainment.  The Buccaneers of Lake Charles is the primary part of the festivals “pirate themed” entertainment, begins and ends the festivities, and promotes the festival year round. 
Contraband Days Inc. is the organization that plans, organizes, and budgets for the festivals events Forty eight years later Contraband Days has grown from a one day to a twelve day festival with close to 100 events.
Mission
The mission of Contraband Days, Inc. is to promote an annual festival in Southwest Louisiana that provides quality family entertainment for residents and visitors of all ages and cultural backgrounds; to encourage maximum community involvement, participation, and attendance; and to promote Southwest Louisiana’s quality of life and joie de vivre (joy of life).
Awards
Contraband Days was selected and featured on the All American Festivals segment of the Television Food Network and was featured in Hot Boat Magazine. Contraband Days won again the ABA Top 100 Events in North America and this the 3rd time in the seven years Contraband Days has received this award. Contraband Days has also been featured in many top festival websites, magazines, and publications nationally each year.
Contraband Days receives Regional recognition as it has been selected “Festival of the Year” by La Assn of Fairs & Festivals the past three years and receives numerous marketing awards by the Association as well. Also has been featured in Louisiana Life, Southern Living, Acadiana Profile, and many regional tourism guides and magazines as a must see festival destination
Local recognition Tourism Partner of the Year SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau –May 2004 and has received many local awards as “Voted Best Festival” by Times of SWLA — June 2004 Contraband Days provides entertainment for all ages, heritage, and religion. Contraband Days began the first noted in festival history “Family Night” and is an alcohol free night for families with family entertainment. Concerts ranging from Christian and Gospel, to Country and Cajun, to Zydeco, Urban|R & B acts, Oldies, & Classic Rock are a big part of the festival entertainment. Entertainers from nationally, to regional and local are known to have performed at the festival. 
Also Contraband Days Inc provides attractions and big events. Many other events are put on by local and charitable organizations and the media, as well.
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Sunday March 29th, 2020 - 6:18 pm

Yes! We have Attitude! Even if it’s confined to 4 walls, but fear not, we will mingle again soon. Stay safe. #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Yes! We have Attitude! Even if it’s confined to 4 walls, but fear not, we will mingle again soon. Stay safe.  #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Saturday March 28th, 2020 - 1:00 pm

An interesting wall using Pacific Mold Co molds. Each skull is individual with a flat back. We don’t know details but they appear to be very helpful. Something to occupy yourself during your down time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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An interesting wall using Pacific Mold Co molds. Each skull is individual with a flat back. We don’t know details but they appear to be very helpful. Something to occupy yourself during your down time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Friday March 27th, 2020 - 11:01 am

We are the same and we are one people at the core. Take care people ☠️. #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We are the same and we are one people at the core. Take care people ☠️.  #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Thursday March 26th, 2020 - 11:00 am

Just a few weeks ago we were much more social and we will be again! Great group of people who have been the face of the Buccaneers of Lake Charles in past years. #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Just a few weeks ago we were much more social and we will be again! Great group of people who have been the face of the Buccaneers of Lake Charles in past years.  #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Wednesday March 25th, 2020 - 11:02 am

Polly the Pirate Pelican says 'where did everyone go?'!! Fear not , we will get over this crisis and be better and stronger than ever!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) was designated the official state bird of Louisiana in 1966. Early European settlers were impressed with the pelican's generous and nurturing attitude toward their young, and the brown pelican has been a symbol of Louisiana since that time. Louisiana's official nickname is "The Pelican State" and the brown pelican appears on Louisiana's state flag. #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles
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Polly the Pirate Pelican says where did everyone go?!! Fear not , we will get over this crisis and be better and stronger than ever!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
 The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) was designated the official state bird of Louisiana in 1966. Early European settlers were impressed with the pelicans generous and nurturing attitude toward their young, and the brown pelican has been a symbol of Louisiana since that time. Louisianas official nickname is The Pelican State and the brown pelican appears on Louisianas state flag. #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles

Tuesday March 24th, 2020 - 11:00 am

Our advice is let ‘em in! Be careful so you can be a Pirate again once our Festival is rescheduled! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#skullandcrossbones #weareinthistogether
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Our advice is let ‘em in! Be careful so you can be a Pirate again once our Festival is rescheduled! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
 #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Sunday March 22nd, 2020 - 1:03 pm

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More details coming shortly. #piratefestival #lakecharleslouisiana #postponed

Sunday March 22nd, 2020 - 10:35 am

You gotta love this speaker!
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You gotta love this speaker!
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Louisiana Pirate Festival is with Jimmy Bastow and Allen Abshire.
Louisiana Pirate Festival

Friday March 20th, 2020 - 5:01 pm

Just two incognito pirates on Shore Leave in Key West. You just never know when are around so be aware! Of course those shirts they are wearing on vacation say 'Buccaneers of Lake Charles' so that might have been a give-away!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#skullandcrossbones #keywest #visitkeywest
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Just two incognito pirates on Shore Leave in Key West.  You just never know when are around so be aware! Of course those shirts they are wearing on vacation say Buccaneers of Lake Charles so that might have been a give-away!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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 #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#skullandcrossbones #keywest #visitkeywest

Wednesday March 18th, 2020 - 3:02 pm

We encourage you to come see the Festival through our eyes and enjoy the camaraderie of other pirates both known and unknown to you. Make new memories! April 30 to May 10, 2020 in beautiful Lake Charles, Louisiana #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#skullandcrossbones #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles
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We encourage you to come see the Festival through our eyes and enjoy the camaraderie of other pirates both known and unknown to you.  Make new memories!  April 30 to May 10, 2020 in beautiful Lake Charles, Louisiana #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#skullandcrossbones #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles

Tuesday March 17th, 2020 - 5:01 pm

We had to have one more St. Patty's Day! Interesting tidbit we learned...Pirates were involved in the story of St. Patrick. Check it out. And wear your green if you please when you visit Lake Charles and the festival from April 30 to May 10, 2020.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#skullandcrossbones #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles #stpatrick #stpatricksday #irishpirates #guinness #irishbeer
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We had to have one more St. Pattys Day!  Interesting tidbit we learned...Pirates were involved in the story of St. Patrick.  Check it out.  And wear your green if you please when you visit Lake Charles and the festival from April 30 to May 10, 2020.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#skullandcrossbones #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles #stpatrick #stpatricksday #irishpirates  #guinness #irishbeer

Monday March 16th, 2020 - 12:01 pm

Who would you buy this for? Yourself or your kids? And how tempted would you be to hang your clothes on the mermaid or the pirate? Beautiful piece of work! If you have one of these, why not bring it to the festival April 30 to May 10 and show it off!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Who would you buy this for?  Yourself or your kids?  And how tempted would you be to hang your clothes on the mermaid or the pirate? Beautiful piece of work! If you have one of these, why not bring it to the festival April 30 to May 10 and show it off!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Sunday March 15th, 2020 - 4:45 pm

Good Morning pirates of the world! How about some breakfast! Louisiana Pirate Festival April 30 to May 10, 2020. Yes.... two weeks!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Good Morning pirates of the world! How about some breakfast!  Louisiana Pirate Festival April 30 to May 10, 2020. Yes.... two weeks!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Saturday March 14th, 2020 - 10:01 am

St Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Don’t forget to wear your green pirate scarf! ... See MoreSee Less

St Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Don’t forget to wear your green pirate scarf!

Friday March 13th, 2020 - 10:00 am

Here are some words to the wise for your Friday the 13th. Go forth and avoid black cats! And pencil us in for April 30 to May 10, 2020. You’ll be glad you did!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Here are some words to the wise for your Friday the 13th. Go forth and avoid black cats!   And pencil us in for April 30 to May 10, 2020. You’ll be glad you did!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#fridaythe13 #piratefestival #lakecharleslouisiana #kidfriendly

Thursday March 12th, 2020 - 10:01 am

Prepare to be boarded! April 30 to May 10, 2020 at the Louisiana Pirate Festival, Lake Charles, LA #kidfriendly #piratekids #jrpirates #babypirates #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Prepare to be boarded! April 30 to May 10, 2020 at the Louisiana Pirate Festival, Lake Charles, LA #kidfriendly #piratekids #jrpirates #babypirates #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Wednesday March 11th, 2020 - 10:01 am

Louisiana has an active boating community and the Louisiana Pirate Festival always enjoys their participation. The City of Lake Charles has a marina where you can rent space at the Civic Center for your convience. You can boat on over for a great weekend or two from April 30 to May 10, 2020. #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#skullandcrossbones #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles
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Louisiana has an active boating community and the Louisiana Pirate Festival always enjoys their participation.  The City of Lake Charles has a marina where you can rent space at the Civic Center for your convience.  You can boat on over for a great weekend or two from April 30 to May 10, 2020. #piratefestival #pirateslife #apirateslifeforme #festival #fairsandfestivals #louisianapiratefestival2020 #beapirate #kidfriendlyfestival #jeanlafitte #piratenation #piratesrule ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#skullandcrossbones #louisianatravel #onlyinlouisiana #lakecharleslouisiana #visitlakecharles
Louisiana Pirate Festival updated their cover photo.
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Tuesday March 10th, 2020 - 4:12 pm

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Louisiana Pirate Festival updated their cover photo.
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Country United States of America
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distance: 658 Miles
Address 900 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70601, USA
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