Mardi Gras, rich in history and tradition is a celebration like none other, and the Shreveport/Bossier area knows how to put on an extraordinary six week party full of exciting balls, parades and ceremonies. There’s something for everyone; families, couples and children, alike. More than 400,000 parade-goers are expected to attend one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the state. An estimated over eight million beads will be thrown over the course of two major parades. The Krewe of Gemini and the Krewe of Centaur parades, held on back to back weekends are anticipated all year, and with the Christmas holiday season behind them, many Shreveporter’s thoughts turn to Mardi Gras. The schedule began with the Twelfth Night Party last weekend, where members of all local Krewes joined together to kick off the season and present their royalty. What follows is a list of events planned this weekend.
- Friday, January 15 – The Krewe of Elders Ball – American Legion, 5315 Lakeshore Dr., Shreveport. Experience a special tableau show, entertainment, buffet, raffle, and a cash bar. Pay “in-advance” ($40) or “at the door” (45). 6-11 p.m. Call 318-635-4901 to order.
- Saturday, January 16 – The Krewe of Aesclepius Grand Ball – all members of the Medical Community, this Krewe will hold their grand ball at the Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. $50 each for non-memers, $125 for two tickets and membership. Affair is strictly formal. For more information, call 318-222-8054.
- Saturday, January 16 – The Krewe of Artemis Grand Bal VIII – Fractured Fairytales; This black-tie extravaganza, held in the Springhill Civic Center, 101 Machen Drive, Springhill, 71075, is the largest gala in Webster Parish and is a spectacular night of good food, fun and entertainment. This year’s theme is “Fractured Fairytales”. Reservations are required and cost is $45 Call 318-539-4717 for additional information.
- Saturday, January 16 – New Orleans recording artist Kristin Diable, presented by Jayne Marie on Cross Lake. With a sultry voice and the roots-folk-blues-backporch-soul-via-Louisiana, this up and coming recording artist is on her way to a glorious career. Already booked for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Kristin’s latest CD has been receiving rave reviews.
- Monday, January 18 – The Krewe of Harambee Parade – The first African American Krewe in Shreveport will hold their parade on the MLK holiday. Grand Marshalls are Judges Ramon Lafitte and Pammela Lattier; line up begins at 11 am at corner of Hope and Milam Streets and winds through downtown. Parade starts at 2 pm. For more information, call 424-7158.
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