2018 Mardi Gras guide for events throughout the ArkLaTex

2018 Mardi Gras guide for events throughout the ArkLaTex

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The good times will start rolling into the ArkLaTex this week as many Mardi Gras Krewes prepare to take over the streets.

The 2018 Carnival season officially begins on the holiday known as the Twelfth Night or Feast of Epiphany on Jan. 5.

Here's a list of Mardi Gras parades and events currently scheduled in the ArkLaTex. Please send any additions or corrections to webteam@ksla.com

PARADES:

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

  • Krewe of Sobek Parade
    • The parade begins at the Fairground Fields parking lot and goes through the Queensborough neighborhood in Shreveport.
    • The parade features floats, bands, marching groups, drill teams, queens, kings, youth sports teams, and more.
    • Starts at 1 p.m.
    • Theme: Sports Mania

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 

  • Krewe of Harambee Martin Luther King Jr. Day Mardi Gras Parade
    • The parade starts at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and rolls on Milam Street and Texas Street in Shreveport.
    • Family-friendly parade celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. features marching bands, stilt walkers, floats and more
    • Begins at 1 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

  • 21st Annual Minden Mardi Gras/Fasching Parade
    • Parade begins at Elm St/Germantown Road and winds through the Minden Historic District, Downtown and back to the Germantown Road.
    • There will be entertainment in the Downtown area and at Academy Park from around 3 p.m. until the parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

  • Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade
    • 2000 Reeves Marine Dr., Bossier City
    • Parade to for festive pets to celebrate
    • Animal costumes are encouraged
  • Krewe of Caddo Country Mardi Gras Parade
    • The parade will on Caddo Street to Gray Street to Self Road to Butler Street back to Caddo Street, Belcher, LA
    • Starts at 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

  • Krewe of Gemini Grand Parade XXIX
    • Parade begins on Clyde Fant Parkway and Lake Street in Shreveport
    • Masked revelers on floats, marchers and horseback riders to the age-old cry, “Throw me something, Mister!” by tossing beds, toys and trinkets.
    • Starts at 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

  • Krewe of Highland Parade XXIII
    • Parade rolls through Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood and begins at the corner of Gilbert Drive and Gregg Avenue.
    • Famous for throwing hot dogs, packs of ramen noodles, moon pies and more.
    • Starts at 2 p.m.
FLOAT LOADING PARTY:

Sunday, Jan 14, 2018

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

  • Krewe of Centaur Float Loading Party
    • 351 Aero Dr. Shreveport
    • Open to the public to enjoy colorful floats with throws.
    • Food and beverages are available for purchase
    • Event times: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

  • Krewe of Gemini Float Loading Party
    • 2101 E. Texas St., Bossier City
    • Explore the Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Museum while enjoying food, music and more.
    • Alcohol is available for purchase
    • Event times: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
GRAND BALS:

Friday, Jan 12, 2018

  • Krewe of Sobek Grand Bal
    • Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St., Shreveport
    • Cost: $80
    • Event time: 6 p.m.
  • Krewe of Akawa Grand Bal
    • Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, 8000 E. Texas St., Bossier City
    • Cost: $65
    • Event time: 6 p.m.
  • Pardi Gras Bal - 80's Mardi Gras Party
    • Silver Lake Ballroom located on 900 Market St. in Shreveport, LA
    • Cost: $55
    • Event time: 8 p.m. and last until midnight.

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

Friday, Jan. 19., 2018

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

  • Cirque Du Atlas
    • Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St., Shreveport
    • Cost: $75
    • Event time: 3 p.m.
  • Krewe of Gemini Grand Bal
    • Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St., Shreveport
    • Cost: $100
    • Event time: 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

LOCAL BAKERIES FOR KING CAKE:

For more information on parade tips, souvenir shops, places to eat and drink, click here to the Mardi Gras guide.

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