Taste of the South

Mardi Gras in Shreveport, Louisiana

Photo courtesy of Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

Mardi Gras is one of the greatest parties on earth. It is one best celebrated with your family in Shreveport – Bossier, Louisiana. Between January and February, the celebration is commemorated by masked balls, parades and float-loading parties.

Carnival celebrations came to northwest Louisiana in 1989 with the founding of the Krewe of Gemini. The Krewe of Centaur soon followed in 1991. Today, Shreveport is home to 15 krewes, each with a distinct personality and representing various professions and interest groups.

Photo courtesy of Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

There are nearly a dozen balls and events, six parades, and two-float loading parties. It is estimated that more than eight million beads are tossed during the parades to seas of people waving their arms and shouting, “Throw me something, Mister!” As many as 400,000 locals and visitors line the parade routes each year to see the elaborate floats, marching bands and performers.

One of the best parts of Mardi Gras, besides the neck full of beads, are the tastes of Mardi Gras. King cake, boudin, beignets and gumbo are just some of the local favorites associated with Carnival in Shreveport – Bossier and many local restaurants serve up these delicious dishes.

If you are part of a group of 10 or more, reserve your space for the Red River Mardi Gras Bash hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau during the Krewe of Centaur Parade, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Photo courtesy of Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

Event Spotlight: Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras Parade
February 18, 2017
4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.Lake Street at Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, Louisiana

The Krewe of Centaur parade is one of Louisiana’s largest Mardi Gras parades. It takes place 10 days before Fat Tuesday and it is all you expect – fun, loads of Mardi Gras beads and elaborate, brightly colored parade floats. There are designated family zones along Clyde Fant Parkway.