The Krewe de Charlie Sioux Presents Toon Times
The Krewe de Charlie Sioux was sanctioned by the state of Louisiana in 1997. That same year, Lake Charles and Sioux City officially became Sister Cities at a twinning ceremony in Lake Charles. Members consist of Sioux City, IA and Lake Charles residents. Each city has its own Krewe president and Ball Captain. Sioux City members come to Lake Charles for Mardi Gras and Lake Charles members travel to Sioux City the week of July Fourth and bring Mardi Gras to Siouxland in the form of a gala, parade and Zydeco concert.
The purpose of the Krewe is to promote Mardi Gras and share cultural experiences as well as develop tourism in each city. This Mardi Gras season completes the 24th year that Krewe members have traveled back and forth between the two cities, and the 21st year of presentation of a King, Queen and Court.
This year, King Charles XXI, Tony Comeaux and Queen Siouxland XXI, Frankie Sroufe reigned over the Toon Times festivities in Sioux City.