Shreveport-Bossier’s two major parade weekends are Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras Parade XXIX, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. and Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Parade XXXI, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. Both parades follow the same route, but Shreveport-Bossier natives know how the route intensifies as the floats roll from downtown Shreveport, following Clyde Fant Parkway south, and ending in the Broadmoor neighborhood. Plan where you want to Mardi Gras during our major parades based on these four locations:
- Corner of Lake Street and Clyde Fant in Downtown Shreveport
The parade begins here. Nothing will be thrown from the floats anywhere north of this location. If you arrive early, you can see a full line-up of Mardi Gras floats. Last year, the Prince and KISS themed floats were popular spots to snag colorful pictures. Many times, there are food and crafts vendors available. This spot is very family-friendly, and you are likely to catch an early exit from the festivities.
- Clyde Fant Strip
Clyde Fant will be the most diverse selection of parade-goers. Many locals “camp out” here for a long day of festivities by providing their own comfort to the route. This includes setting up shaded tents, barbecue pits, lawn chairs, and more. This is more of an outdoor family-style Mardi Gras party, but as the night thickens, so does the route’s intensity.
- Shreve City, Barksdale Highway
Locals are very familiar with this area. It’s the ultimate parade party scene for millennials and generation Z. Walking this route, you are likely to witness free spirits along Barksdale Highway with their “camp-outs” that includes everything from beer pong table games and loud music to street dancing and drinking.
- Broadmoor Neighborhood
As the parade comes to a close, the crowd’s intensity simmers down as it rolls into the Broadmoor neighborhood. Many locals throw house parties, family events, block parties and more from early morning to late evening in celebration of Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras. There are places for everyone to stand and enjoy the parade with multigenerational family and friends. Since the parade ends here, this would be a great spot for late attendees to cop a squat.
For more information about fun things to do in Shreveport-Bossier during Mardi Gras season, visit www.ShreveportMardiGras.com.