Does he still exist? Just outside of the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is a beautiful topiary of the legendary Gumbeaux Gator. Lexi had never even heard of him, so we saw the topiary as a flashback to my childhood. Then lo and behold Lexi goes to the ReALLIEty Challenge, and they annouce that Gumbeaux Gator is in the house. I don’t know about you, but I remember him in the 80’s from his appearances at Contraband Days, festivals, and on billboards and signs all over Lake Charles. He is a true Southwest Louisiana icon, and it’s so great to know he’s still around!
Starting out as Hal the Alligator, he has been around as a mascot and good will ambassador since 1978. His name was later changed to Gumbeaux Gator to reference all the spicy and delicious gumbos our area is famous for. For 20 years Tony Perot was the man in the gator suit, but we are not sure who sports it these days. Any information on the subject would be greatly appreciated!
Also if you have any photos with Gumbeaux Gator, whether it be the topiary one or the real one, please send them to us. We would love to post them on our blog!
So keep your eyes peeled for the much-loved Gumbeaux Gator on your adventures around Southwest Louisiana!