In a couple of weeks, Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter will be forced by pirates to walk the plank. It's a common occurrence in Lake Charles when the Louisiana Pirate Festival is in town. Festival organizers have announced that the dates for this year's festival will be May 2nd through the 5th.

This year's festival will feature a variety of food and merchandise vendors plus some great musical acts too. The festival will also feature an amazing laser light show. That's a new addition to the festival this year. Organizers say it will be similar to the one featured in this video clip.

The Louisiana Pirate Festival has been chosen as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.  For a complete schedule of events and times, you can visit the Festival's official website.