Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Pirates Make Mayor Walk The Plank In Lake Charles, Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The citizens of Lake Charles, Louisiana, have a healthy disrespect for politicians – at least during the city’s annual Contraband Days festival.

The festival is based on a legend that goes back to the early 1800s that a pirate named Jean Lafitte buried treasure near the lake. So every year, a group of locals dressed as pirates storm the town and make the acting mayor walk the plank into Lake Charles.

This year, the plank walking takes place April 29 and current mayor Randy Roach is looking forward to making a big splash.

Still, it isn’t all fun and games. Roach has previously made the dunk four times and admits “the water temperature can get pretty chilly if there’s been a rain.”

Some of the previous mayors have avoided getting their feet wet at the celebration by appointing a councilman to do the dirty work. However, Roach looks forward to it because he gets a chance to meet future voters. As he puts it, “Kids tell me all the time, ‘I saw you walk the plank.’”

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