Travel Writers experienced riding in the Children’s Day Parade

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Yesterday, 40 journalists in town for the Society of American Travel Writers Freelance Council Convention experienced the great outdoors, as well as riding in a Mardi Gras parade.

Photographers took an excursion with Grosse Savanne Eco-tours to capture images of Sandhill Cranes and geese still in the area.  Writers toured Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point and the west side of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road before everyone boarded floats to participate in the Children’s Day Parade.

“What better way to showcase Southwest Louisiana’s family-friendly Mardi Gras than letting the journalists throw beads to the excited children in the Children’s Day Parade? They enjoyed being able to ride in the parade to see the crowds from a whole new perspective,” said Megan Hartman, senior marketing manager of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“I was really impressed with Grosse Savanne’s mission of conservation. Pintail Wildlife Drive had a variety of birds or alligators. During the Children’s Parade, it was great to see the amount of people and the enthusiasm people have for Mardi Gras and the various parades,” said Bob Sessions freelance photographer  and member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

In addition to the CVB, the Louisiana Office of Tourism is a Presenting Sponsor of the conference.

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