Parti-Gras 2013 Gives Locals, Visitors a New Way to Experience Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier

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Inaugural event will include tent access, live music, food and more on Krewe of Gemini parade day, Saturday, Feb. 9

Parti-Gras 2013 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, during the Krewe of Gemini parade in Shreveport-Bossier

Our goal is to provide visitors with a prime location along the parade route to enjoy and participate in Mardi Gras festivities

The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau has partnered with Twine Shreveport, Holiday Inn Downtown, Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR) and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to introduce a new Mardi Gras experience for locals and visitors alike. Parti-Gras 2013 will offer an all-inclusive parade day party package for the Krewe of Gemini parade, 1-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, including access to a party tent with live entertainment, authentic Louisiana cuisine, a keepsake custom Parti-Gras 2013 bead, two drink tickets per guest (a cash bar will also be available), appearances by local Mardi Gras royalty and more. The Parti-Gras tent will be located at the beginning of the parade route, at the corner of Clyde Fant Parkway and Lake Street in downtown Shreveport, providing an optimum viewing location for guests. Following the parade, Parti-Gras participants will be invited to after-parties hosted by select downtown night clubs and casinos.

Admission to Parti-Gras is $50 per person at the door, $45 in advance for individuals or $40 per person for groups of 10 or more. Locals and out-of-town visitors alike are welcome. Parti-Gras 2013 is limited to participants ages 21 and up. Space is limited and advance ticket purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets, contact Twine Shreveport at (318) 759-7673 or visit http://www.parti-gras2013.com.

“Our goal is to provide our visitors with a prime location along the parade route to enjoy and participate in Mardi Gras festivities,” said Erica Howard, tourism sales manager for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. “We believe that out-of-town guests who are visiting for Mardi Gras will be especially attracted to the convenience of this parade day experience, and it’s a new way for locals to enjoy parade day, too.”

Holiday Inn Downtown Shreveport, located just one block from the Parti-Gras tent, is offering a special rate of $109 plus tax for Parti-Gras participants. Mention Parti-Gras to receive this promotional rate for the night of Feb. 9. For more information, contact Holiday Inn Downtown Shreveport at (318) 222-7717. Hotel accommodations are not included with Parti-Gras admission.

Major Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras parade dates for 2013 include: Krewe of Centaur, February 2; Krewe of Gemini, February 9; and Krewe of Highland, February 10. For a complete list of parades and more information on Mardi Gras festivities in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.shreveportbossierfunguide.com or call (888) 45-VISIT.

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