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A look back: Krewe of Gemini celebrates 25 years

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KSLA's Bob Griffin and Shari Warren hosted the live broadcast of the Krewe of Gemini's inaugural Mardi Gras parade in February 1990. KSLA's Bob Griffin and Shari Warren hosted the live broadcast of the Krewe of Gemini's inaugural Mardi Gras parade in February 1990.
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KSLA anchor Karin Adams takes a hit from a flying doubloon, but soldiers on during our 1995 live broadcast of the Krewe of Gemini parade. KSLA anchor Karin Adams takes a hit from a flying doubloon, but soldiers on during our 1995 live broadcast of the Krewe of Gemini parade.
Krewe of Gemini parade, 1999 Krewe of Gemini parade, 1999
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

KSLA was there for the inaugural Krewe of Gemini parade on February 24, 1990, and for several years after. Now, we're reuniting as they celebrate 25 years and we celebrate our 60th anniversary of broadcasting in the ArkLaTex.

Back in 1990, then-KSLA host Bob Griffin explained the allure of Carnival in Northwest Louisiana, "The great thing is, you do not have to go to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras!"

From the very beginning, "Throw me something, mister!" was a mantra heard from the beginning to the end of the parade route, and everything from doubloons to live crawfish were thrown.

That first Gemini parade featured 200 charter members, 12 floats and more than 50 parade units, winding their way though Shreveport and into Bossier City.

Every year in that first decade, Gemini's krewe delivered bigger parades and more elaborate floats.

The increasing number of competing krewes during the Mardi Gras season eventually led to a leveling off of the Gemini membership, which now averages around 350 adults. Another 100 kids and teenagers ride on the floats each year.

But members say what continues to improve each year is the quality of the parade, developing the kind of sophistication you might expect from a krewe that's now been around for a quarter of a century.

For their silver anniversary, this year's Gemini parade will feature 27 of their own floats, along with 8 floats from visiting krewes who will help celebrate this milestone.

It's been quite a ride.

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