Krewe de Charlie Sioux


Each year the Krewe participates in activities in both sister cities. 

In February or March (depending on the date of Fat Tuesday) individuals from Sioux City, IA travel to Lake Charles, LA to participate in their Mardi Gras activities.  These activities usually consist of participating in a Chicken Run, riding in at least one parade, attending the Krewe of Illusions Ball, some sort of a community service event, and the block party on Fat Tuesday.  Additionally there are various other get togethers and activities.

Members from Lake Charles then travel to Sioux City over the 4th of July weekend every year to participate in variety of activities.  These activities usually consist of the Mardi Gras Festivale, the Big Parade, and Saturday in the Park on Saturday (see schedule and description for upcoming events below).  Additionally there are various other get togethers and activities for the Krewe members.

Photos from these events can be viewed in the Photo Gallery (link is on the left side of this page).


Friday, July 1, 2016 —Big Parade 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Mardi Gras returns to Sioux City on Friday, July 1st, as the Big Parade and the Mardi Gras Festivale take place in Sioux City!  Join the FREE fun when the Big Parade kicks off in the evening on downtown 4th Street!  This year the parade will start from the Tyson Events Center’s east lot and head north on Pierce Street.  The parade will take a right turn onto 4th Street and then end at 4th and Iowa Streets.  When the Parade is over, head straight to the Sioux City Convention Center for the Mardi Gras Festivale.



The Mardi Gras Festivale Costume Gala and Cajun buffet will follow the parade inside the Sioux City Convention Center.  There will be an authentic Cajun sit-down dinner and handmade Mardi Gras costumes direct from Louisiana.  Chefs Al Clark and Bob Dowd will prepare the famous “Taste of Louisiana” dinner featuring chicken and sausage gumbo, rice, Cajun potato salad, dinner rolls and sugar cookies. Dinner tickets may be purchased  at the Tyson Events Center Box Office.  FREE seats for the show are also available on a first-come, first-served basis, no tickets required!  Costume Gala starts at 7:30 pm.  Food service (Authentic Cajun Meal) – 6 pm – 7:45 pm – Sioux City Convention Center Adults: $18, kids 12 & under: $9. Tickets on sale June 3rd at 10 am.


After the food and festivities, the party continues outside the Convention Center, with FREE, live music from the Jo-El Sonnier band.  And the night wouldn't be complete without fireworks around 10pm!



Saturday, July 2, 2016—Saturday in the Park

Free annual 4th of July weekend music festival at Grandview Park with kids area, concessions and more.  Over 20 food vendors and multiple craft vendors. Click here for more information on Saturday in the Park.