Tons of beads, mouth-watering king cake in every flavor imaginable, décor in shades of purple, green and gold, family fun parades, glitzy parties and glamorous balls: there’s just nothing like Mardi Gras season in northwest Louisiana, and every year it’s one of Shreveport-Bossier’s biggest celebrations. For a complete guide to Carnival season in Northwest Louisiana, download The Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier.
Shreveport-Bossier’s first major parade weekend of 2017 will kick-off with the enormous Krewe of Centaur Parade beginning in downtown Shreveport and proceeding along the Clyde Fant Parkway parade route at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18. The Krewe of Centaur is one of the largest parading krewes in Louisiana. Animals and animal lovers have their own annual parade in Shreveport-Bossier, the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade. The pet parade, which regularly attracts thousands of costumed pets as well as a huge crowd of onlookers, will begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Events On the Red in Bossier City.
Shreveport-Bossier’s second major parade weekend of 2017 will begin with the Krewe of Gemini Parade on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The Krewe of Gemini Parade will begin on Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport at 4 p.m. and will proceed down the Clyde Fant Parkway parade route.
The final major parade of the season, the Krewe of Highland Parade, will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Gilbert Drive and Gregg Avenue in the Highland neighborhood and will encircle the Highland neighborhood via Creswell Avenue, Centenary Boulevard and Olive Street. The Krewe of Highland parade is known for its quirky traditions and unique “throws,” including floats that throw grilled hot dogs, ramen noodles and more.
Carnival season celebrations aren’t limited to parades. Masked balls, live music and festive culinary events are also common occurrences.