Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau Announces Details of 2015 Carnival Season

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Parade schedule, party details and more are included in the annual Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier, now available for download

A photo of a Mardi Gras parade route

Mardi Gras revelers line up for a parade in Shreveport, La.

The fun begins with the traditional 12th Night Party, Saturday, Jan. 3 and continues until Carnival season is officially brought to a close on Fat Tuesday.

Carnival season is quickly approaching in Louisiana, and Shreveport-Bossier’s Mardi Gras krewes are gearing up to present a busy schedule of parades, float-loading parties, bals and more. Carnival season begins with the traditional 12th Night Party, 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Bossier Civic Center, and continues until Carnival season is officially brought to a close on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17, during the annual Texas Street Bridge Closing Ceremony held at midnight on the Texas Street Bridge in downtown Shreveport.

The Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras
Parades are just the beginning when it comes to Carnival season. To help visitors enjoy local Carnival season food, off-the-beaten-path parties and more, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau publishes an annual brochure called The Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier. The 2015 edition of the guide is now available as a download at http://www.shreveport-bossier.org/mardigras. The full-color, pocket-sized guidebook can also be picked up at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s downtown visitor center at 629 Spring Street in downtown Shreveport.

Major Mardi Gras Parade Dates for 2015
The two largest Mardi Gras parades set to take place in Shreveport-Bossier are the Krewe of Centaur Parade XXIV, 4:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 7, and the Krewe of Gemini Parade XXVI, 4:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 14. Both parades begin at the intersection of Clyde Fant Parkway and Lake Street in downtown Shreveport and proceed south to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway and East Kings Highway. Both parades include an alcohol-free family zone located in the area surrounding Veteran’s Memorial Park on Clyde Fant Parkway. These two parades include dozens of floats, marching bands, performing artists and more.

Daylight Parades
The Krewe of Harambee Martin Luther King Jr. Day Mardi Gras Parade, scheduled for 1 p.m., Mon., Jan. 19, is an enormous parade honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This distinctly musical parade attracts marching bands from throughout the region and rolls through downtown Shreveport via Milam Street and Texas Street. The Krewe of Highland Parade XX, one of the largest neighborhood parades in Louisiana, will roll through Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood at 2 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 15. The Krewe of Highland is known for odd “throws” including grilled hot dogs, Moon Pies, hand-made art items and more. The Krewe of Highland begins and ends at the intersection of Gilbert Drive and Gregg Street, traveling a circuitous route via Creswell Avenue, Olive Street and Centenary Boulevard.

For more information on Mardi Gras celebrations in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.shreveport-bossier.org/mardigras. To see a complete list of Carnival season events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.sbfunguide.com.

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