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MacKID Shreveport Bossier Mardi Gras Parade Guide

Know BEFORE you go: Routes, Rules and Closures

By by Mimi Rankin Webb - Macaroni Kid Shreveport-Bossier January 5, 2023
Happy Mardi Gras
 Click on each route to see more info about that specific parade.

Krewe of Sobek

Formed by nine visionaries who wanted to bring the spirit of Mardi Gras to the minority communities of Shreveport, The Krewe of Sobek marches for “Rebirth, Strength and Tenacity”.  

The Krewe of Sobek Down on Da Bayou! Parade rolls Jan. 14, 2023 at 1 p.m. beginning at the Fair Grounds Fields parking lot.  

It then heads through Shreveport's Queensborough neighborhood following this route on the map below:

Parade exits the Fairgrounds onto Greenwood Road headed west; right turn, headed north on Mertis Street; right turn, headed east on Lakeshore; right turn, headed south on Missouri back to the Fairgrounds. 


πŸŽ‰πŸ·Mardi Gras Mass - St Pius X Catholic Church ShreveportπŸŽ‰πŸ·January 7, 2023πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Sobek Grande Bal XVIII - Shreveport Convention CenterπŸŽ‰πŸ·

Krewe of Demeter

This Mansfield parade is a fun, family oriented parade and street party which rolls January 28, 2023 at 4pm. Enjoy the πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Demeter Mardi Gras Grand Bal πŸŽ‰πŸ· January 14th.

Enjoy the Krewe of Demeter Mardi Gras Parade January 28, 2023 at 4pm in Mansfield. 

Parade Route: Line up at 4:30 pm behind 911 Building and Old Nabors. Parade rolls at 6:00 pm. down Franklin Street, turn right onto Sandra Phillips Blvd, go past City Hall and turn right onto Polk Street. Turn right onto Washington Ave past Courthouse Square and return to starting point.


Krewe of Nemesis

This is Krewe is located in Springhill and will host the πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Nemesis Mardi Gras Grande Bal πŸŽ‰πŸ·January 14, 2023.


Krewe of Harambee

"Harambee Fantastic Voyage!" Parade will roll January 16, 2023 at 1pm.  Join them and celebrate themes from past years and the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King! 

Downtown Shreveport will come alive with festive music, color, marching bands, floats, throws, custom masks, and Mardi Gras beads galore!

The Krewe of Harambee was the first African American krewe in Shreveport and celebrates the city's rich African American culture. 

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day Mardi Gras Parade rolls at 1 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2023. 

It begins at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and ends on Common Street at Milam in downtown Shreveport.



πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Harambee Saada Maskara Mardi Gras Bal πŸ·πŸŽ‰
πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Justinian Grand Mardi Gras Bal πŸŽ‰πŸ·
πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Atlas Grand Mardi Gras Bal - Shreveport Convention Center πŸŽ‰πŸ·

35h Annual African History Parade

The 34th Annual African American History Parade will kick off at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 11 a.m. 

Admission is free. Parade-goers will enjoy live music, bands, floats, and celebrations. 

Rolls Common to Milam to Edwards to Texas to Common and back to the Municipal Auditorium



πŸ·πŸŽ‰Elders Grande Bal XXV- Ocean Commotion - Mardi Gras πŸ·πŸŽ‰

Krewe of Aquarius

This Logansport based Krewe will host their πŸ·πŸŽ‰ KREWE OF AQUARIUS MARDI GRAS Banquet - Logansport, LA πŸ·πŸŽ‰January 21, 2023 and their πŸ·πŸŽ‰ KREWE OF AQUARIUS Mardi Gras Parade - Logansport, LA πŸ·πŸŽ‰ February 4, 2023. The theme this year is  “Krewe of Aquarius goes Looney.”


πŸŽ‰πŸ· 2023 Minden Fasching Mardi Gras Parade & Carnival πŸŽ‰πŸ·

This is Minden's Mardi Gras & Fasching Celebration which takes place February 4, 2023 at 5pm. The parade route will covering a 3.3-mile route which begins at the intersection of Germantown Road and Elm Street and winds through the Minden Historic District, Downtown and back to Germantown Road.

πŸŽ‰πŸ·Town of Many Mardi Gras Parade πŸŽ‰πŸ·

Enjoy this fun Mardi Gras parade in the town of Many January 28, 2023.


Krewe of Hebe 

Krewe of Hebe Mardi Gras Upriver Queen Mab Ball  will take place February 11 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Center, 205 E Austin St. Dress is “After Five” attire or costumes. Tickets are $55 each.


Krewe of Centaur

Organized in 1991, the Krewe of Centaur is bound together by the common goals of building a better community and the pursuit of good family fun. 

The Krewe of Centaur Parade rolls Feb. 11, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. beginning at Clyde Fant Parkway at Lake Street in downtown Shreveport and ends on East Kings Highway at East Preston Street. 

Centaur Information:  ***START TIME OF 3:30PM***

Road Closures:
Friday Before Parade Day - 

Clyde Fant Parkway from Lake Street to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway closes beginning at 7 p.m. Friday before the parade. 

Clyde Fant Parkway will then re-open to traffic at 7 a.m. on Saturday so people can set up early. 

The staging area between Milam Street and Lake Street on Clyde Fant will be closed at 8 a.m.

The entire parade route will close at 1 p.m. This means no traffic will be allowed on the route after 1 p.m., for the safety of the residents gathering on the route.

Parking:

  • Parking on East Kings Highway is reserved for permit holders only.
  • No parking is allowed before 7:00 a.m. on parade day on Shreveport-Barksdale Highway or the Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway. No parking is allowed at all on any neutral ground and improved roadway on Shreveport-Barksdale Highway.
  • Citizens may not park in restricted areas marked with rope, cable, tape, or any other device used as a barricade.
  • No parking is allowed on Captain Shreve Drive.
  • Restricted parking allowed on residential streets from Albany Avenue to Patton Avenue. Some streets allow parking only on one side while other streets forbid parking. Look for parking signs and remember that the streets must remain clear for emergency vehicles. Violator’s vehicles are subject to tow at their own expense.
  • Handicapped parking is available at the East Kings Highway Park, also known as the “Duck Pond”, at the Veterans Memorial Park on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway and at Atlantic Avenue at East Kings Highway. A handicap parking tag or plate will be necessary to gain access.

Parade day street closures:

  • 8 a.m. – Crockett Street from Spring Street to Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway
  • 8 a.m. – Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway from Lake Street to Milam Street. Access to Sci-Port will be allowed until 4 p.m. via Lake Street
  • 1 p.m. – East Kings Highway (northbound and southbound) at Shreveport-Barksdale Highway to Preston Avenue
  • At 1 p.m. the following streets will close:
  • East Kings Highway at Preston Avenue
  • East Kings Highway at Youree Drive
  • Shreveport-Barksdale Highway (including the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge)
  • Clyde Fant Parkway from Milam Street to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway, Captain Shreve Drive, Knight Street, and Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway after the Parade turns onto East Kings Highway
  • On parade day, Lake Street will only be open between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:00 pm and will reopen at the end of parade
  • Clyde Fant Parkway between East 70th Street and Shreveport-Barksdale Highway will remain open. Knight Street will remain open from East Preston Avenue to Shreveport Barksdale Highway

No Throw Areas:

  • The staging area on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway north of Lake Street
  • The railroad tracks over Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway just north of Veteran’s Memorial Park
  • Stoner Avenue bridge over Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway
  • Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway exit to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway
  • The transitioning curve from Shreveport-Barksdale Highway to East Kings Highway
  • Past the ending banner on East Kings Highway and any points thereafter

Prohibited Items/Acts:

  • No glass bottles or containers are allowed on the parade route.
  • No one may cross parade barricades during the parade.
  • No animals allowed within 200 yards of the parade route, except service animals.
  • No dangerous objects or silly string.
  • No concealed carrying of a firearm.
  • No one may throw anything at a parade float.
  • Large flags or banners are not allowed within 50 feet of the parade route.
  • No underage possession of alcohol. Violators will be arrested.
  • No public nudity will be tolerated. Violators will be arrested.
  • No ATV’s, side by side, dirt bikes, or any other motorized recreational vehicles are allowed on any public property, this includes the grassy areas along Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway and city streets. Violators will be subject to citation, arrest, and towing of the vehicle.

KTBS PARADE TRACKER AVAILABLE 


πŸ·πŸŽ‰ 12th Night hosted by the Krewe of Gemini- Mardi Gras πŸ·πŸŽ‰
πŸŽ‰πŸ· Loblolly 12th Night Revelers Luncheon - Holiday Inn Shreveport Downtown πŸŽ‰πŸ·
πŸ·πŸŽ‰ Krewe of Centaur Grand Bal XXXI - Mardi Gras πŸ·πŸŽ‰
πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe Of Centaur Mardi Gras Float Loading Party πŸŽ‰πŸ·
πŸ·πŸŽ‰ Krewe of Centaur Grand Bal XXX - Mardi Gras πŸ·πŸŽ‰

Krewe of Oceanus

πŸŽ‰πŸ· The Krewe of Oceanus Grand Bal πŸŽ‰πŸ· will take place February 10, 2023 at 6pm at the Bossier Civic Center.

πŸŽ‰πŸ· The Krewe of Oceanus Mardi Gras in the Hills Parade πŸŽ‰πŸ· February 12, 2023 at 2pm in Southern Hills.


Krewe of Dionysos 

πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Dionysos Mardi Gras Grand Bal πŸŽ‰πŸ·takes place February 4, 2023 at 6pm.

This Natchitoches parade, the Krewe of Dionysos rolls from South Drive to Keyser Avenue to Jefferson Street, then along Front Street to Texas Street, then over to 2nd Street and back through downtown Natchitoches February 18 at 6pm.


πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Dionysos Mardi Gras Grand Bal πŸŽ‰πŸ·

Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade

In August of 1999, the non-profit Krewe of Barkus and Meoux was formed to benefit abused, neglected and homeless animals.  

This eclectic group is growing by leaps and bounds. The Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade will be held on February 12, 2023 at the Louisiana State Fair Grounds



πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch πŸŽ‰πŸ·

Krewe of Gemini

The Krewe of Gemini is the first parading krewe in modern times in Shreveport and Bossier City and includes folks from all walks of life who enjoy promoting the Mardi Gras spirit in the area.  

The Krewe of Gemini parade rolls at 3:00 pm on Feb. 17, 2023 beginning at Clyde Fant Parkway at Lake Street in downtown Shreveport and ends on East Kings Highway at East Preston Street. 

Gemini Information:  ***NEW START TIME OF 3PM***

Road Closures:

Friday Before Parade Day - 

Clyde Fant Parkway from Lake Street to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway closes beginning at 7 p.m. Friday before the parade. 

Clyde Fant Parkway will then re-open to traffic at 7 a.m. on Saturday so people can set up early. 

The staging area between Milam Street and Lake Street on Clyde Fant will be closed at 8 a.m.

The entire parade route will close at 1 p.m. This means no traffic will be allowed on the route after 1 p.m., for the safety of the residents gathering on the route.

Parking:

  • Parking on East Kings Highway is reserved for permit holders only.
  • No parking is allowed before 7:00 a.m. on parade day on Shreveport-Barksdale Highway or the Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway. No parking is allowed at all on any neutral ground and improved roadway on Shreveport-Barksdale Highway.
  • Citizens may not park in restricted areas marked with rope, cable, tape, or any other device used as a barricade.
  • No parking is allowed on Captain Shreve Drive.
  • Restricted parking allowed on residential streets from Albany Avenue to Patton Avenue. Some streets allow parking only on one side while other streets forbid parking. Look for parking signs and remember that the streets must remain clear for emergency vehicles. Violator’s vehicles are subject to tow at their own expense.
  • Handicapped parking is available at the East Kings Highway Park, also known as the “Duck Pond”, at the Veterans Memorial Park on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway and at Atlantic Avenue at East Kings Highway. A handicap parking tag or plate will be necessary to gain access.

Parade day street closures:

  • 8 a.m. – Crockett Street from Spring Street to Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway
  • 8 a.m. – Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway from Lake Street to Milam Street. Access to Sci-Port will be allowed until 4 p.m. via Lake Street
  • 1 p.m. – East Kings Highway (northbound and southbound) at Shreveport-Barksdale Highway to Preston Avenue
  • At 1 p.m. the following streets will close:
  • East Kings Highway at Preston Avenue
  • East Kings Highway at Youree Drive
  • Shreveport-Barksdale Highway (including the Shreveport-Barksdale Bridge)
  • Clyde Fant Parkway from Milam Street to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway, Captain Shreve Drive, Knight Street, and Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway after the Parade turns onto East Kings Highway
  • On parade day, Lake Street will only be open between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:00 pm and will reopen at the end of parade
  • Clyde Fant Parkway between East 70th Street and Shreveport-Barksdale Highway will remain open. Knight Street will remain open from East Preston Avenue to Shreveport Barksdale Highway

No Throw Areas:

  • The staging area on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway north of Lake Street
  • The railroad tracks over Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway just north of Veteran’s Memorial Park
  • Stoner Avenue bridge over Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway
  • Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway exit to Shreveport-Barksdale Highway
  • The transitioning curve from Shreveport-Barksdale Highway to East Kings Highway
  • Past the ending banner on East Kings Highway and any points thereafter

Prohibited Items/Acts:

  • No glass bottles or containers are allowed on the parade route.
  • No one may cross parade barricades during the parade.
  • No animals allowed within 200 yards of the parade route, except service animals.
  • No dangerous objects or silly string.
  • No concealed carrying of a firearm.
  • No one may throw anything at a parade float.
  • Large flags or banners are not allowed within 50 feet of the parade route.
  • No underage possession of alcohol. Violators will be arrested.
  • No public nudity will be tolerated. Violators will be arrested.
  • No ATV’s, side by side, dirt bikes, or any other motorized recreational vehicles are allowed on any public property, this includes the grassy areas along Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway and city streets. Violators will be subject to citation, arrest, and towing of the vehicle.

KTBS PARADE TRACKER AVAILABLE! 


πŸŽ‰πŸ·Twelfth Night hosted by Krewe of Gemini - Phoenix 2.0πŸŽ‰πŸ·
πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe Of Gemini Mardi Gras Float Loading Party πŸŽ‰πŸ·
πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Grand Bal XXXIV - Shreveport Convention CenterπŸŽ‰πŸ·

Krewe of Highland

Carnival season for the Krewe of Highland is said to have originated as an epiphany of Matthew Linn's back in 1994, most definitely inspired by the HID Doo Dah parade of years gone by.

For more than 20 years, the mission of the Krewe has been to bring people from all over the community residents and visitors into Highland to enjoy the revelry and culture that makes up the neighborhood.  

On Feb. 19, 2023, the Krewe of Highland parade rolls at 2pm in Shreveport's historic Highland Neighborhood.

****NOTE THE ROUTE FOR THE KREWE OF HIGHLAND PARADE****

Police will close Fern Avenue from Greenway Place to Atlantic Avenue beginning at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning and it will remain closed until the parade is finished. This is the designated parade staging area.

At approximately 1:00 p.m., officers will close all intersecting streets along the parade route. Barricades will be set up and officers will be assigned to monitor those intersections and will allow residents ingress and egress to their homes as needed. Authorities will open up those intersections as soon as the parade passes and it is safe to do so.

The parade will begin at 2pm and will proceed as follows: north on Gilbert Drive, west on Gladstone Boulevard, north on Creswell Avenue, east on Herndon Street, south on Centenary Boulevard, and end at the intersection of Gilbert Drive and Gladstone Boulevard. All side streets accessing this route will be blocked.

Safety Tips:

• Do not leave children unattended! Make plans to meet up at a particular location in case children become separated from guardians during the parade.
• Do not fight or struggle over beads.
• Keep a safe distance from the floats.
• LOCK YOUR VEHICLES
• Do not take purses or wallets to parades.
• Obey all traffic signs and directions from officers.
• No ATV’s, Golf Carts, dirt bikes or other motorized recreational vehicles are allowed on the roadway.
• Use common sense and treat others like you would want to be treated!

KTBS PARADE TRACKER AVAILABLE!  



πŸŽ‰πŸ· Krewe of Highland Parade - Mardi Gras Grande Bal πŸŽ‰πŸ·

Fat Tuesday Children's Parade

πŸŽ‰πŸ· Fat Tuesday Children's Mardi Gras Parade πŸŽ‰πŸ·rolls on Fat Tuesday February 21, 2023 at 6pm. The route is around the perimeter of Pierre Bossier Mall in Bossier City, LA.

East Bank Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade

The πŸ·πŸŽ‰ EAST BANK MARDI GRAS MARKET AND GOLF CART PARADE πŸ·πŸŽ‰ rolls February 25, 2023 in the East Bank District in Bossier City, LA. They also offer a huge party in the form of  πŸ·πŸŽ‰ East Bank Mardi Gras MarketπŸ·πŸŽ‰ which starts at 4pm.



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