Mardi Gras, parades and costumes go bead-in-hand and so does the annual King's Court Costume Contest in Downtown Lafayette on February 12th. Due to the weather, the costume contest has been moved to inside the parking tower next to Parc Sans Souci. Pre-registration is not required. Costume contestants are asked to be on-site in costume, prior to 9 a.m. for the start of the costume judging. The theme for this year’s costume contest is Treasures of the Earth.

Contestants will be judged in 5 classifications:
6-10 years old
11-15 years old

Contestants from Pre-School to Adults will be judged in 3 categories:
Best Theme of Treasures of the Earth
Most Original
Most Comical

Contestants in the Group Classification will be judged in 3 categories:
Best Family Group
Best Adult Group
Best Adult Couple

In addition to the family-oriented contest, set for 9 a.m. Mardi Gras Day at Parc Sans Souci, the King's Court will feature the King's Court reviewing stand and music provided by Jim Voorhies and the All-Niters! Festivities will start immediately following the contest. For more information call 337- 291-5566.

Once again, I will be the MC for this fun family event, so make plans to show up in your best Mardi Gras finery! And check out the complete schedule of Mardi Gras events for Acadiana - throw me somethin', Mister!