Minden to Celebrate the Beginning of Fasching Holiday Season on Saturday, November 22.

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The Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights helping to Kick Off the Fifth Season, Louisiana Style.

Nutcracker at Fasching in Minden

Celebrate all that is German in Minden, located about 30 miles from Shreveport-Bossier, at 10:00 a.m on Saturday, November 22 with the Minden Fasching Fifth Season Celebration. This event is for all ages and admission is complementary.

The Minden Fasching Fifth Season Celebration brings the distinctive German traditions to visitors of Minden and Webster Parish and celebrates the heritage of Minden with its German influences. In 1835, Charles Veeder built an inn on a hilltop a few miles from Bayou Dorcheat. By 1837, he had laid out a town in the shape of a parallelogram. He named the settlement Minden, after the home of his ancestors in Germany. A year before Veeder arrived, a group of German Utopians, who had followed the mystic “Count Leon” to North America, established a settlement seven miles northeast of Minden. And from that German heritage springs Minden’s annual Fasching Celebration.

“Fasching” or the “Fifth Season” is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras. Only the party begins much sooner. On Saturday, November 22 this year, the original brick paved streets of historic downtown Minden will be filled with German food, three beer gardens, and all things German. Of course, there will be live music from three stages throughout the day. You can’t have a German festival without Oom Pah Pah, but the festival soundtrack will feature a broad range of other kinds of music as well, ranging from local acoustic performers a little bit Rock and Roll.

Local and regional artists and artisans will have their work on offer, as will merchants in a section just for specialty boutiques. Weihnachtsmann, whom many of us know as Santa Claus, will be on hand of course—along with clowns, a carnival, and special events throughout the day designed especially for children. And at the end of the day the celebration concludes with turning on the thousands of Christmas lights throughout downtown and a fireworks spectacular grand finale.

For more information go to http://www.mindenfasching.com or call 318-371-4258.

The Fasching Fifth Season Celebration is funded in part by The Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau. http://www.visitwebster.net

Minden is a member of the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights. Visitors can enjoy home tours, fireworks, parades, shopping and more all along the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, which spans I-20 east to west and I-49 north to south in north Louisiana. Each city is within an hour drive of another city. For more trip planning details visit http://www.holidaytrailoflights.com.

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