LOUISIANA PIRATE FESTIVAL Arrr you ready?

The Louisiana Pirate Festival announced its lineup for the annual celebration in a joint news conference with the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday. The four-day festival will take place May 2-5 along the shores of Lake Charles and at the Civic Center.

The Louisiana Pirate Festival was recently named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, Kelli Fontenot, spokesperson for the CVB, said.

Thursday’s opening will be an alcohol-free family night from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The pirates will arrive on Friday among the carnival rides, vendors and live music with Jean LaFitte arriving at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mayor Nic Hunter walking the plank at 7 p.m.

Saturday will be filled with entertainment for all ages including the Barbecue Competitors Alliance Cook-Off Contest at 8 a.m., stock car racing at noon, the 31st annual Louisiana State Arm Wrestling Tournament at 1 p.m. and Children’s Day beginning at noon. Children’s Day will include a petting zoo, fun jumps, crafts, a costume contest and local school music ensemble performances.

Saturday night will end with the Laser Encore Laser Hitz Light Show, a first for the festival.

“A change from the traditional fireworks,” Eric Zartler, festival president, said. Guests will be sure to enjoy the 20-25 minutes display of music and lights.

The festival will close at midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Sunday’s festivities will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with Jean LaFitte’s “grand departure” at 5:15 p.m. as the mayor attempts to “take back his city,” Zartler said.

This year’s festival is packed with local musical entertainment. “Music is such a significant component of Louisiana’s culture, and that’s what our festival is all about,” Zartler said.

Blues, rock, country and Zydeco music spanning decades will be heard from the festival stage beginning Friday.

Entry and parking is free. Visit www.louisianapiratefestival.com or call 436-5508 for more information.

””

Stacy Bearden’s art was chosen as the 2019 Louisiana Pirate Festival poster.

Special to the American Press

life

Speckled belly goose pot pie: It’s what’s for dinner

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column: Bridges major budget topic

Local News

Online sports betting begins Friday in La.

Business

UPDATE: Honoré: Explosion proof EPA inspection team needed at every plant

Crime

Second arrest made in December shooting

Business News

UPDATE: Six injured in plant explosion

Business News

BREAKING: Chemical plant explosion in Sulphur

Local News

Task force chairman: Edwards’ proposed budget doesn’t offer enough funding for I-10 bridge

Local News

Qualifying underway for March 26 election

Local News

FEMA announces extension for Laura, Delta housing

Local News

UPDATE: Payton resigns as coach of New Orleans Saints

Local News

Biden administration officially withdraws vaccine rule

Business

Hunting, fishing app the ‘Airbnb for sportsmen’

Business

Names in the News: People shaping the future of Lake Area business

Business News

Mark Judson column: Nonprofit theft lessons learned

Business

It’s tax time: What to know before you file

Business

Woman guilty of fraud barred from doing taxes in Louisiana

Business News

After delays, Lucky Delta set to be torn down

National Sports

Source: Coach Sean Payton resigns from New Orleans Saints

Crime

1/25: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Cowboys look to use home stand to climb Southland standings

Local News

Man killed in auto-pedestrian accident

Local News

‘We can do better’: Residents say not enough coastal protection in SW La.

Crime

Rash of school bus part thefts in Jeff Davis