Contraband Days 2015 Festival Will be April 28th Thru May 10th City
of Lake Charles, La.
Usually held annually the first part of May
and Unique to Lake Charles, Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate
festival celebrates the legend of pirate Jean Lafitte. The story
goes that pirate Jean Lafitte docked his boat right on the sandy
shore of Lake Charles and buried his treasure somewhere along
its banks. On the first night, witness the cannon fire as the
citizens of Lake Charles try to defend the seawall only to have
the pirates capture the mayor, put him on trial and force him to
walk the plank!
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Talk Like a Pirate
Day is officially observed on Wednesday, September 19, 2015.
How "Talk Like a Pirate". Ahoy - "Hello!". Ahoy! - "Yo!". Avast! - "Check it out!". Aye! - "Yes.". Arrr! - "That's right!". (often confused with arrrgh...). Arrrgh! - "I'm VERY miffed." Bucko - Familiar term. "Me bucko" - "my friend." Davy Jones' locker - The bottom of the sea. Deadlights -- Eyes. "Use yer deadlights, matey!" Sink me! - An expression of surprise. Splice the mainbrace - To have a drink. Or, perhaps, several drinks. WHAT IS CONTRABAND DAYS? Contraband Days is
one of Louisiana's largest festivals and the City of Lake Charles oldest
festival and Contraband Days is a
themed "pirate" festival with close to 100 events. Contraband Days
always falls on the first two weekends in May and it's a twelve day
festival. The Festival is based on the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds
with some events occurring throughout the City. Over 100,000 people
attend Contraband Days Festival on land and on the water. HISTORIC LEGEND of CONTRABAND DAYS Almost
three centuries ago, a notorious and ruthless pirate named "Jean
Lafitte" and his band of buccaneers were fleeing enemy ships and heading
west to Galveston. LEGEND has it that Lafitte & his band of buccaneers
would hide out along the waterways in Lake Charles. LEGEND has it that
Jean Lafitte's favorite hideout was CONTRABAND Bayou in Lake Charles.
LEGEND has it that the treasure (silver & gold) was hidden and buried by
Lafitte in his favorite hideaway Contraband Bayou and hence given why
the bayou is named CONTRABAND.
HOW CONTRABAND DAYS BEGAN 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.
A "Jean Lafitte" would be selected to lead the buccaneers to
"Capture the Mayor and take over the City". City Mayors to "Walk the
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.
More Info Contraband Days
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