The Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau issued this release
The Krewe of Highland Parade, set to roll on Sunday, Feb. 10, will include minor changes, due to recent upgrades to the Byrd High School parking lot that prevent staging floats in that location.
This year, the staging area will be moved to Fern Avenue (northbound between Ockley Drive and Gregg Avenue). The parade officially starts northbound on Gilbert Drive just north of Gregg Street (near Johnny's Pizza and Madison Park Office Complex). The parade will head northbound on Gilbert Drive to Gladstone Boulevard, where it will move west and then resume the parade route from previous years: from Gladstone Boulevard, the parade will head north on Creswell Avenue to Herndon Street, east on Herndon Street, south on Highland Avenue, east on Olive Street, south on Centenary Boulevard and finally west on Gladstone Blvd. The parade will end as it reaches Gilbert Street.
Prior to the parade, the Columbia Park Carnivale will start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. just as the parade begins. The event will feature live music and several vendors at Columbia Park.
While the change adds a half-mile portion of Gilbert Street, Krewe of Highland organizers reassure that no one has been removed from the parade route.
Parade-goers are asked to arrive to the viewing area at least 30 minutes before the parade starts in order to limit pedestrian traffic on the parade route itself and to avoid the staging area in the hour that leads up to the parade.
The Krewe of Highland gives special thanks to Byrd High School for allowing them to use their grounds for so many years. "We are sad to leave our old staging area, but are excited at the potential that this change will bring to improve our parade for our neighborhood," Krewe of Highland Parade Czar Emma McCarty said.
For a complete listing of all Mardi Gras events scheduled to take place in Shreveport-Bossier, including information on parade routes, visit www.shreveportbossierfunguide.com and click "Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex."