Mardi Gras is big money in the ArklaTex

Mardi Gras is big money in the ArklaTex

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The beads, parades, and king cakes, all things Mardi Gras are in stock at local shops around the ArkLaTex, and this Carnival season is set to bring big bucks to the local economy.

According to the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Carnival season pumps more than $17 million into the local economy.

"Business slows down in the winter time. So we are able to keep our people employed and we have no layoffs what so ever," says Don Tubbs, owner of Tubbs Hardware in Bossier City.

The hardware store turns into a seasonal Mardi Gras shop during this season, and sells more than 1,200 of their well known King Cakes.

"It's a big deal. It's fun. Lots of fun", says customer Terry Cunningham.

The Convention and Visitor's Bureau says more than 60% of the total business during the Mardi Gras season will come from out of town visitors.

"Locals are dubious about this, they say, 'do people really travel to see our parades? Yes," says Chris Jay with the Bureau.

In years past the city of Shreveport has spent around $157,000 hosting parades, and other events, during the carnival season.

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